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The orphan collector

Author: Ellen Marie Wiseman
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2021. ©2020
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : Fiction : English : Center Point Large Print editionView all editions and formats
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In the fall of 1918, thirteen-year-old German immigrant Pia Lange longs to be far from Philadelphia's overcrowded slums and the anti-immigrant sentiment that compelled her father to enlist in the U.S. Army. But as her city celebrates the end of war, an even more urgent threat arrives: the Spanish flu. Funeral crepe and quarantine signs appear on doors as victims drop dead in the streets and desperate survivors wear  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Large type books
Bildungsromans
Fiction
Historical fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ellen Marie Wiseman
ISBN: 9781643587608 1643587609
OCLC Number: 1201681161
Notes: Regular print version previously published by: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Includes discussion questions.
Description: 614 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Ellen Marie Wiseman.

Abstract:

In the fall of 1918, thirteen-year-old German immigrant Pia Lange longs to be far from Philadelphia's overcrowded slums and the anti-immigrant sentiment that compelled her father to enlist in the U.S. Army. But as her city celebrates the end of war, an even more urgent threat arrives: the Spanish flu. Funeral crepe and quarantine signs appear on doors as victims drop dead in the streets and desperate survivors wear white masks to ward off illness. When food runs out in the cramped tenement she calls home, Pia must venture alone into the quarantined city in search of supplies, leaving her baby brothers behind. Bernice Groves has become lost in grief and bitterness since her baby died from the Spanish flu. Watching Pia leave her brothers alone, Bernice makes a shocking, life-altering decision. It becomes her sinister mission to tear families apart when they're at their most vulnerable, planning to transform the city's orphans and immigrant children into what she feels are "true Americans." Waking in a makeshift hospital days after collapsing in the street, Pia is frantic to return home. Instead, she is taken to St. Vincent's Orphan Asylum--the first step in a long and arduous journey. As Bernice plots to keep the truth hidden at any cost in the months and years that follow, Pia must confront her own shame and fear, risking everything to see justice--and love--triumph at last.--

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