The Book – Ned: Barnardo Boy
Rarely do I read aloud a book to my children that touches me as much as it does them.
When I do, the experience is unforgettable. Ned: Barnardo Boy is a book unlike any we have read.
Ned is the story of a fictional orphan making his own way in the slums of London during the late 1870s. A “nobody’s child,” he carries heavy packages to earn money for food and sleeps on the streets. Later, he is taken in at an orphanage, and finally he is sent to Canada as an emigrant farm hand. His experiences paint a vivid picture of London’s poor at that time, as well as the mission work to the orphan children.
Barbara Coyle does a masterful job communicating the atmosphere and culture in this historical novel. The depravity, destitution, and loss of London’s orphans are clearly understood without undue contemplation of the seedy side of slum life. Barbara touches our hearts with the pain and suffering so many endured during this troubling time in history, educating our children without sharing explicit details. Most importantly, she teaches important spiritual lessons – including salvation, love, forgiveness, diligence, and witnessing – skillfully and sweetly, as the story demonstrates God’s providential care for one of His own.
The result is a book with strong spiritual application that found me and my children convicted and challenged every chapter. Such endurance in trials, such satisfaction with little, and such hope in heartache left us looking at our own blessed lives with renewed gratefulness, contentment, and rejoicing. Ned: Barnardo Boy has left a lasting impression on our hearts.
Barbara Coyle has written a month-long 143-page unit study to accompany Ned: Barnardo Boy, available from CurrClick. The unit study includes poetry, hymns, crafts, history, maps, photos, and background information to supplement each chapter of Ned. The lengthy appendices include historical documents and literature excerpts to further enhance the study. Coordinating notebooking pages are included.
After reading Ned: Barnardo Boy, it did not surprise me to learn that all proceeds from this book are going to fund the Coyle’s adoption of a special needs child from Ethiopia. This is a book that should become a homeschool classic.
The Author – Barbara Coyle
Barbara Coyle is a homeschooling mother of four and missionary to Ireland. A former university teacher in literature, writing, and research, she founded Historical Fiction Unit Studies in 2006 to provide studies on old books and historical fiction.
The Special Offer – Unit Study
For you readers, Barbara Coyle is offering the Ned: Barnardo Boy unit study for half price through the month of March! For only $5, you can conveniently download this month-long unit study from CurrClick at this exclusive link.
The Giveaway – Saturday, February 12
Barbara Coyle is giving one copy of Ned: Barnardo Boy to a WhateverState reader! To enter, leave up to three comments each day below:
1) Tell me that you tweeted a link to this page.
2) Tell me that you posted on your facebook wall.
3) Tell us your favorite historical fiction book below.
One winner will be announced here this Saturday.
The Winner – Jen Harris!
Congratulations, Jen! And for all readers, be sure to check out the exclusive unit study offer just for us, half off with this link! You can get your own copy of Ned: Barnardo Boy from Amazon, CurrClick, or the author’s website.