Subtitle: Barnardo Boy
Author: Barbara Coyle
Publisher’s Synopsis: Ned is nobody’s child. Abandoned as a toddler on the streets of 1870’s London, he must fend for himself and survive by his wits. Discover how Ned finds help at a Ragged School, becomes a “Barnardo boy,” and eventually emigrates to Canada to begin a new life.
Ned: Barnardo Boy is a historically accurate children’s book that is delighting children and adults alike. Meticulously researched and full of spiritual truth, Ned is a book your family will treasure.
To be honest, I knew I’d like this book when I bought it. I like the author, I love children’s books, and who doesn’t love a good orphan story– assuming it has a happy ending! So, I bought it, stuffed it on my shelf, and then the next time I felt sick, I grabbed it for “comfort food”. Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed.
Historically speaking, it’s spot on. You learn a lot about the era, the fact of the Ragged Schools, and get a feel for the time. However, that isn’t the brilliancy that I love about this book. Ned grips your heart and won’t let you go. Barbara’s masterful characterization has created a child you can’t help but fall in love with. Good vs. evil, the work of the Lord in a young boy’s life, and the obedience of God’s people to His commandments combine into one amazing story that will leave you eager for more. And Barbara gives you more in her book A Fine Young Lady. While A Fine Young Lady isn’t a children’s novel, it does give you a glimpse of similar themes and more of one of the same characters in a beautiful story for adults.
To learn more about Barbara’s Historical Fiction Unit Studies, visit her website and get a fresh look into spring. After the February Blues, having something like this to look forward to is exactly what your home school might need. For those who don’t homeschool, this book is still a fascinating story that any child will enjoy.
So, to win a copy of this wonderful heartwarming story, simply leave a comment and tell me if you’d ever heard of the Barnardo Boys or the Ragged Schools before hearing of this book. I can’t wait to give away a copy!