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Publisher's Summary

Dominic Cantori is an orphan. Ashamed of his situation, Dominic avoids making friends for fear of exposing his terrible secret. One day on a class trip to Ellis Island, a tour guide asks everyone about their families. Immediately, Dominic flees from the class and hides in a closet, where he falls asleep for hours.

When he wakes up, the museum is deserted. Lonely and afraid, he picks up one display telephone after another, listening to the recorded voices of immigrants who describe their lives in faraway countries and their journeys to Ellis Island. To Dominic's surprise, the voice of an old Italian immigrant speaks directly to him! And before he knows it, he's transported back in time: to Italy in 1908. There, he unlocks the door to his past, and discovers just what it feels like to be loved by his own family.

©1997 Elvira Woodruff; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Woodruff's well-researched novel beautifully describes the similarities between an orphan's and an immigrant's search for a home." (ALAN Review
"Easy to read and hard to put down, this convincing novel gives a poignant and believable picture of the lives and motivations of some of this country's immigrants, and of one boy who learns about himself....An enjoyable and informative tale." (School Library Journal)

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Best Book Read by Twelve year old girl on October 2 2017 for class work

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great listen

What did you love best about The Orphan of Ellis Island?

the author and the reader bring you right into the story i couldn't stop listening.

What did you like best about this story?

read very well

What does Lloyd James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

the actual pronunciation of the italian words

Any additional comments?

clear your mind of daily stress and take a journey

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Nice story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No. The story progresses in a logical and timely maner.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story was fine but a bit superficial.

Did Lloyd James do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes. Intonation and speed of his speech pattern helped a great deal

Did The Orphan of Ellis Island inspire you to do anything?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

I would like it to play on my Sandisk, but it doesn't