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Creep accidentally travels back in time to the British Industrial Revolution, while, in the present, his half brother is anxiously searching for him....

Title : A Chance Child
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ISBN : 9780374411749
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 185 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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A Chance Child Reviews

  • Linden
    2019-04-19 19:51

    Periodically over the past 10 years, I've poked around the internet, trying to find a book that I read in Grade 7. All I could remember was that it took place during the industrial revolution in Great Britain, that there was a scene involving a young child scurrying under a huge automated press to pull stray threads out of the way between carpets -- and nearly being crushed to death, and that it would have been published before 1992. A Chance Child did come up in a number of searches, and in fact was the only fiction novel to show up, but the publishing dates I saw in the matches were always late 1990s -- long after I'd completed elementary school.Finally, thanks to a post in a Goodreads group for finding books, I tried searching Worldcat and discovered that this book was actually published in 1978 -- in PLENTY of time to be republished in a classroom-friendly format by 1992. I'm re-reading it now, and while I haven't yet found the scene with the carpet press, I am feeling very confident that it's the right match. I'm also impressed that this was included in our elementary classroom curriculum. There are some incredibly gritty scenes for 12-year-olds, and the book is dense with descriptions of the living conditions and technology of the time. This is a library copy, but the book is going to find its way into my personal library down the road....[EDIT: I've discovered, thanks to Oolookitty's reply below, that this was NOT the book I was looking for, even though it has a moderately similar carpet-factory scene.]A Chance Child was a wild ride through the lives of the poor (and a glance at the rich) during the industrial revolution. It saddens me to realize there are still corners of the world where people (including children) face these types of working conditions, but knowing we've come this far gives me hope that we can changes those conditions for everyone, eventually.

  • Maggie
    2019-05-15 00:09

    An unusual time travel book about an unloved, unwanted child who accidentally time travels back to the age of the Industrial revolution, trading one horrific life for another. An amazing, heart-wrenching story.

  • Travis
    2019-04-26 21:42

    I read this as a kid and it was one of those weird books that always stuck with me. I couldn't remember the title or author or anything but that it had a boy travelling on a boat and he'd gone back in time or something. I finally asked about it on a book-finding community a few years ago and found it again (and then it sat on my shelf unread until something reminded me of it again recently).Rereading it as an adult, it's still pretty weird, especially the first few chapters when you're just thrown right in and have no idea what's going on. But it makes more sense now, as I think a lot of it went over my head when I first read it. It's a good story and I'm glad I had a chance to read it again.

  • Linda
    2019-04-22 22:08

    An amazing book with some mysterious time travel from a modern story of children in poverty in Great Britain to those sad children working to survive by working in factories in the time of the industrial revolution. This personal story is serious, but shows the human spirit shining even in the face of extreme living conditions for children caring for themselves. It is well documented by Jill Paton Walsh, and like her other books, the descriptions of both the landscape, the workday conditions and the characters are beautifully drawn. This is a quiet book whose author won The Phoenix Award, given by The Children's Literature Association, an organization of teachers, scholars, librarians, editors, writers, illustrators, and parents interested in encouraging the serious study of children's literature, created for a book originally published in the English language, and intended to recognize books of high literary merit. The Phoenix Award is named after the fabled bird who rose from its ashes with renewed life and beauty. Phoenix books also rise from the ashes of neglect and obscurity and once again touch the imaginations and enrich the lives of those who read them.

  • Elizabeth Lund
    2019-05-12 02:05


  • Tom
    2019-05-02 20:06

    Sensitive, good children novel.

  • June
    2019-04-19 21:45

    Very complicated!

  • Mdog
    2019-05-10 01:08

    loved it!

  • Tania
    2019-04-28 00:59

    My last read was chick-lit,so change f pace for me.

  • Deb
    2019-04-27 02:08

    This book is so amazing and highly recommended! Very short read about the industrial revolution and a lost child among the ruble. . .