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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
The daughter of humble parents, Ginny never in her wildest dreams believed she could study at a place as prestigious as Wilson Grange. When one of her teachers applied for financial assistance, Ginny was thrilled to be accepted into such a school. The prime target to be ostracized for her lack of social status, Ginny befriends Julia, an equally quiet girl. The two become fast friends regardless of their obvious familial differences. When Julia’s family invites her to join them on vacation, Ginny is thrilled and even more so after meeting Seamus, the boy of her dreams. Their parting is bittersweet with young love vows to never forget one another.
Upon her turning sixteen, Ginny’s father announces that she is old enough to get a job and leave behind the halls of Wilson Grange. In his eyes, there is no reason for a female to have an education when her purpose is to wed and have children. Unfortunately, Ginny discovers that she is pregnant. Her parents send her off to live at Hilton House until the birth and subsequent adoption of her child. Ginny has to act fast and come up with a successful idea to free herself, along with the other young unmarried mothers and their babies before it’s too late.
The Children of Hope, written by Jenny Twist and translated by Alicia Pérez Alarza, is a short story told in both English and Spanish solely as a dual purpose assignment. The realities told in this moving mini-saga are heart-wrenching. The narrative is tightly woven and easy to read. The Children of Hope is an excellent addition to school, church, and public libraries. Jenny Twist masterfully tells the story with grace and understanding on a subject often considered taboo.