By Constance Horne
Short-listed for the 1999 Silver Birch Award
Eleven-year-old Ellen reveals herself wrongly accused of stealing whereas promoting vegetation at the Liverpool docks. In her break out she turns into a stowaway aboard a steamship sure for Canada, an unwilling member of a band of orphans headed for brand new households at the Prairies. followed by way of the Aitkens, a relatives on a Manitoba home, she quickly lands herself on the centre of a few calamities, all of sudden studying approximately rural existence within the New global and the price of relations ties, either these solid in blood and people cast in trust.
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Ellen poked the fire into a blaze again. “Hurry up and burn,” she muttered. Suddenly, she heard Mrs. Aitken’s voice. “Ellen! Ellen, what are you doing? You’ve left the gate open. Close it, please.... What’s that smell? Ellen? ” She came into the garden, closing the gate herself. ” She snatched the stick from Ellen and drew the cloak out of the fire. “Burning your clothes! Well, I never! What are you up to? ” Ellen trembled as she gazed up at Mrs. Aitken’s stern face. But she was glad to hear that the clothes were ruined.
H67Ac 1998 Chapter 1 On a warm August day in 1885, Ellen Winter stood on a crowded dock in Liverpool gazing out at the steamship Lake Superior. All morning, she had been selling flowers to people boarding the small steam launch that taxied them out to the great ocean liner. Should she wait for her to sail or head home with the day’s profits? She glanced down at her basket. Only two nosegays were left. “Not much hope of selling these now,” she muttered. The passengers had all gone out to the ship.
At the corner where they were to turn east, Miranda Flett and her collie dog were waiting for them. Miranda was seven years old and every morning since starting school she had walked with Hilda and May. “Go home, Gyp! ” she ordered the dog and then skipped to meet them, swinging her tin lunch pail. She took Hilda’s hand and walked ahead with her. “That’s the Osbornes’ land over there,” said May. “There’s three of them at school. Florrie’s eleven, like you. ” “I can do adding better than him,” Miranda called back over her shoulder.