By Donna Seim,
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 Charley. . .
“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.”
Praise for Seim and Spellman. . .
“Author Donna Seim and Illustrator Susan Spellman are a perfect team!”
About the Author and the Illustrator
Charley is Donna Seim’s second young adult 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 also the author of two award-winning picture books, Where is Simon, Sandy? and Satchi and Little Star. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Ohio State University and a Master’s in Special Education from Lesley University. Donna lives in Newbury, Massachusetts. Susan Spellman lives and paints in Newburyport, Massachusetts. She has illustrated all of Donna’s titles and more than twenty-five others.
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