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Book Title: Street Child|
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The author of the book: Berlie Doherty
Date of issue: March 6th 1995
ISBN 13: 9780006740209
Format files: PDF
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This book follows a young boy named Jim who is found homeless in London after the death of his mother. The book begins with Jim living with his mother and two sisters, but it becomes clear very early that the family do not have much money and are asked to leave the small room that they share after falling behind with the rent. Jim’s sick mother is forced to leave her daughters with a friend and Jim is taken to the workhouse. His mother dies here, and after Jims escape he becomes homeless on the streets of London and is faced with many issues and scary encounters.
I read this story with a year five class over the course of three weeks. The children were captivated by Jim’s plight and were eager to continue reading to the end. Most of the children were able to sympathise with Jim after considering their own lives and comparing that to the life of Jim. There were sensitive issues in the story, such as Jim losing his mother and being evicted from his home, and these had to be dealt with delicately.
Whilst reading this story, pupils were able to engage in many thought provoking activities including debates about the workhouse versus the streets. Pupils also carried out several literacy based activities including newspaper articles and letters that Jim wrote to his sisters whilst in the workhouse. This book could easily be used as a cross curricular resource in literacy and history, with its links to the Victorian times. I really enjoyed reading this story with the class, who could really identify with the character and show understanding of some of the issues in the story. I think that the story is best suited to pupils in upper key stage 2 or above.
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Read information about the authorBerlie Doherty née Hollingsworth is an English novelist, poet, playwright and screenwriter. She is best known for children's books, for which she has twice won the Carnegie Medal.She has also written novels for adults, plays for theatre and radio, television series and libretti for children's opera.
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