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Donna Marie Seim; Susan Spellman, illus.

Peter E. Randall Publisher
2013 • 208 pp. 22 illus. 5 1/2 x 8"
Children's Fiction- Orphans

$14.95 Paperback, 978-1-937721-10-7

Charley, a street-smart city boy, can toss a rat by its tail into the Boston Harbor, but has no clue how to pluck an egg away from an angry chicken, let alone milk a cantankerous cow!

Charley is based on the true story of a twelve-year-old boy living in Boston in 1910. Suffering from abandonment he winds up on the steps of an orphanage. Charley, blessed with a beautiful voice, joins the traveling choir. When his hopes are all but dashed, he sings his way into a family in rural Maine.

Praise for Hurricane Mia:

“An excellent multicultural adventure…” —Midwest Book Review

Ages 8–12

Reviews / Endorsements

“Seim captures the world of orphans and foster children of early twentieth century America. It is hard not to fall in love with Charley, a child from the city streets of Boston…living with a foster family on a farm in Maine…a story of courage and resilience… A must read for all children trying to envision the past…an excellent history primer.”—Lawrence Yerdon, President and CEO, Strawbery Banke Museum

Charley is award-winning author DONNA MARIE SEIM’s second middle grade novel. Her first novel, Hurricane Mia, was praised as “a 5 star young reader’s book that should be in every library, every classroom, and every home,” by Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews. Donna is the author of two picture books, Satchi and Little Star and Where is Simon, Sandy? Donna holds a BSSW in social welfare, and a MA in Special Education. Donna lives in Newbury, Massachusetts. SUSAN SPELLMAN is a fine artist and illustrator who resides in Newburyport, Massachusetts. She illustrates for Highlights magazine and has illustrated more than thirty titles for children since 1979, including: Mabel Takes a Paddle, by Emily Chetkowski, Draw History, the Civil War, by Nancy Clayton and Pinky & Bubs’ Stinky Night Out, by Frankie Spellman.

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