The Country of Lost Children

An Australian Anxiety


Author: Peter Pierce

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521594998

Category: History

Page: 211

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The figure of the lost child has haunted the Australian imagination. Peter Pierce's sometimes shocking study The Country of Lost Children, traces this ambivalent and disturbing history. In the nineteenth century the idea of losing one's child to a strange country reflected white settlers' distrust of their new land and its Aboriginal inhabitants. The book offers insights into the passing of an opportunity for reconciliation between European and indigenous Australians. In the twentieth century the lost child continues to torment the national consciousness, but no longer as the bewildered wanderer in the bush. Instead the emblematic lost child of modern Australia is a victim of abuse, abandonment or abduction. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from poetry, fiction and newspaper reports to paintings and films, this book analyses the cultural and moral implications of the lost child in our history.

The Lost Children of Wilder

The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care


Author: Nina Bernstein

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307787745

Category: Social Science

Page: 496

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In 1973 Marcia Lowry, a young civil liberties attorney, filed a controversial class-action suit that would come to be known as Wilder, which challenged New York City’s operation of its foster-care system. Lowry’s contention was that the system failed the children it was meant to help because it placed them according to creed and convenience, not according to need. The plaintiff was thirteen-year-old Shirley Wilder, an abused runaway whose childhood had been shaped by the system’s inequities. Within a year Shirley would give birth to a son and relinquish him to the same failing system. Seventeen years later, with Wilder still controversial and still in court, Nina Bernstein tried to find out what had happened to Shirley and her baby. She was told by child-welfare officials that Shirley had disappeared and that her son was one of thousands of anonymous children whose circumstances are concealed by the veil of confidentiality that hides foster care from public scrutiny. But Bernstein persevered. The Lost Children of Wilder gives us, in galvanizing and compulsively readable detail, the full history of a case that reveals the racial, religious, and political fault lines in our child-welfare system, and lays bare the fundamental contradiction at the heart of our well-intended efforts to sever the destiny of needy children from the fate of their parents. Bernstein takes us behind the scenes of far-reaching legal and legislative battles, at the same time as she traces, in heartbreaking counterpoint, the consequences as they are played out in the life of Shirley’s son, Lamont. His terrifying journey through the system has produced a man with deep emotional wounds, a stifled yearning for family, and a son growing up in the system’s shadow. In recounting the failure of the promise of benevolence, The Lost Children of Wilder makes clear how welfare reform can also damage its intended beneficiaries. A landmark achievement of investigative reporting and a tour de force of social observation, this book will haunt every reader who cares about the needs of children. From the Hardcover edition.

The Lost Children


Author: Carolyn Cohagan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416990543

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 320

View: 2253

Twelve-year-old Josephine Russing lives alone with her father. Mr. Russing is a distant, cold man best known for his insistence that every member of their town wear gloves at all times, just as he does--even at home--and just as he forces his daughter to do as well. Then one day Josephine meets a boy named Fargus. But when she tries to follow him, he mysteriously disappears and Josephine finds herself in another world called Gulm. Gulm is ruled by the "Master," a terrifying villain who has taken all the children of Gulm. With Fargus by her side, and joined by Fargus's friend Ida, Josephine must try to find her way home. As the trio attempt to evade the Master, they encounter numerous adventures and discover the surprising truth about the land of Gulm, and Josephine's own life back home.



Author: Tara Zahra

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674048245

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 308

View: 2617

World War II tore apart an unprecedented number of families. This is the heartbreaking story of the humanitarian organizations, governments, and refugees that tried to rehabilitate Europe’s lost children from the trauma of war, and in the process shaped Cold War ideology, ideals of democracy and human rights, and modern visions of the family.

Pip and the Lost Children


Author: Chris Mould

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444904256

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 176

View: 8717

Pip and his friends Toad and Frankie are holed up in Hangman's Hollow in the dead of winter, and Pip has made a thrilling discovery. He longs to race out into the snow to act on it, but he knows there is great danger outside with the sinister warden Jarvis and the wicked woodsfolk of the forest on the prowl. And so begins a new and final adventure for our heroic friends as they join forces to rise up against the creatures of Spindlewood forest and reclaim the city for their own - and Pip might just find something very dear to his own heart ...

The Ewoks and the lost children


Author: Amy Ehrlich,Star Wars

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780394871868

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 42

View: 8477

Stranded on the moon of Endor, two children are helped by a group of Ewoks to rescue their parents from the monstrous Gorax, the most feared creature in all of Endor.

The Lost Children


Author: Donald Willerton

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 1948749297

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: N.A

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At a picnic in the mountains in 1891, three children run into the forest to play and are never seen again. More than a hundred years later, Mogi Franklin and his sister, Jennifer, discover a series of clues that bring them to the brink of solving the mystery, only to be thwarted by a resort-building billionaire eager to sacrifice an entire town to build a playground for the rich. The Mogi Franklin Mystery Series features a new kind of twenty-first-century hero for Middle-Grade readers as the young adventurer uses his unique problem-solving skills to battle legends of the past while solving the mysteries of today.

The Lost Children


Author: Gillian Philip

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1408330199

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 272

View: 5158

The secrets of the island will be revealed... When Molly and her little brother Jack visit their rich relatives on Ravenstorm Island, Molly feels immediately on edge. An elderly butler gives them bizarre warnings, eerie statues of children are dotted around the island, and she's expected to be friends with her moody cousin, Arthur. But things become much worse when Jack disappears - and no one else on the island remembers he ever existed! Molly and Arthur must work together to save Jack. They unlock a hidden world of vicious spirits, but will they uncover the secret behind the Lost Children before it's too late?



Author: A.T. NIALO

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1490723587

Category: Fiction

Page: 456

View: 5745

The magic they created in their dance was the truest cleansing power mixed with the protection magic of what is still inside him. What is left of the natural magic wanted this place to be destroyed without hurting the people here, who have done no wrong.

Saving the Lost Children


Author: Sandra Longmore

Publisher: Infinity Publishing

ISBN: 0741417847

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

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