The Throwaway Children

The Throwaway Children

Book - 2015
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Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully called Jimmy Randall and has a baby boy by him. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage - not knowing that the papers she has signed will entitle them to do what they like with the children. And it is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them - without their family's consent or knowledge - are Rita and Rosie, the throwaway children.
Publisher: London :, Head of Zeus,, 2015
ISBN: 9781784970031
1784970034
Characteristics: 489 pages ; 20 cm

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teacher4kiddos328
May 09, 2017

This book had me hooked! I love historical fiction, and this book fit into this genre. Another good read is "Children of the Train", based on true happenings.

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periwinkle01
Mar 27, 2017

It's not often a book "hooks" you to the point you can't put it down. This is excellent.

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Quietday
Feb 06, 2017

The fact that this book is so highly rated makes me think people love dramatic tragedy. While everybody has hard times, for this many bad things happen to the same characters gets tiring without any redemption. Costeloe tells the story well enough (the 3 star rating) but honestly, abandonment, a corrupt orphan system, conniving people, abusive alcoholic dads, murder, arson, prostitution, suicide, domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, theft and car accidents. I mean, holy smokes! Half of these topics would have been saturating on their own not to mention taxing on the reader (and triggering).

Though this is fiction, the UK did ship off orphans who were meant for temporary care only. There is a movie called Sunshine and Oranges based on the true stories of this era starring Emily Watson.

If you like drama, ongoing tragedy and romance type novels (Costeloe writes romance as well), I imagine this would fit the bill. If you prefer historical fiction that is plausible and realistic, this is a miss.

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mygirl1
May 31, 2016

Tho. not a true story, I believe these things do happen, very well written and a real page turner!

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