The Orphan Rescue

The Orphan Rescue


By Anne Dublin

In 1937, twelve-year-old Miriam and her younger brother, David, are forced to separate when their grandparents can no longer work. Miriam is pulled out of school, and David is sent to an orphanage. But Miriam is determined to rescue her brother.

Miriam and her little brother, David, are poor. They don't have much, but they have their grandparents who love them.

Miriam is upset when she has to leave school to work in a butcher shop. But something even worse happens when, because their grandparents can no longer afford to take care of them, David is sent to live at the Jewish orphanage. Miriam and David don’t understand. How can you be an orphan when you still have a family?

Miriam wants to rescue David and bring him home. But how? Does Mr. Reznitsky, the orphanage director, care about the children, or is he using them? Miriam is determined to make a plan. She will think of it like a game of checkers, and this time the prize will be her brother.

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About the Author

Anne Dublin is a former teacher-librarian and award-winning author living in Toronto. She has written two biographies for Second Story Press—June Callwood: A Life of Action and Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything—as well as Dynamic Women Dancers, part of the Women’s Hall of Fame series, and two children’s historical fiction novels 44 Hours or Strike! and The Orphan Rescue.

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Product Information

  • Release: September 15, 2010

  • $8.95 Hardcover with Jacket

  • 124 Pages

  • 5.25 x 7.5

  • Children’s Fiction

  • Ages 7-10 / Grades 3-5

  • Guided Reading: T

  • ISBN: 9781897187814


  • Character Education
    > Courage
    > Family & Friendship

  • Language Arts
    > Historical Fiction

  • History & Social Studies
    > Social Justice


Awards for The Orphan Rescue

  • 2010 National Jewish Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature Finalist

  • 2011 Sydney Taylor Book Award - Notable Book for Older Readers - Association of Jewish Libraries

  • One of Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Best Books for Kids and Teens 2011" 

Praise for The Orphan Rescue

"Out of true events and a specific historic period comes a wider and more timeless meaning.  Highly recommended for grades 3-6." - AJL Reviews - Association of Jewish Libraries

"Based on a true story in the author's family history, The Orphan Rescue is an excellent true-life adventure that will lead readers to many startling facts about the history of Jews in Europe pre-WWII times." - The Midwest Book Review

"The Orphan Rescue is an accessible, entertaining story for young readers that manages to touch on some serious topics including poverty, child labour and the history of Jews in pre-Holocaust Europe." - The Canadian Jewish News

"Books for this age group that are this heartfelt and emotionally raw are few and far between." - Resource Links

"The three youngsters alter the course of their lives with their sheer determination. This pre-WWII story provides a view into the tenacity, ingenuity and strength of young Jews prior to the Holocaust, giving students and teachers a historical platform from which to study the unfolding 20th century history of Europe." - Jewish Book World

“A lovely, poignant story…” - Ann Kirschner, author of Sala’s Gift

“A touching story, splendidly written. I was deeply moved.” - Rabbi Dow Marmur, Holy Blossom Temple - Toronto