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“I sat up past my bedtime last night just so I could finish Ned. It had the feel of The Christmas Doll; really opening a child's eyes and heart to the struggle that children had in the past; but sparing them, of course, from the harsher tragedies. Wonderful lessons on overcoming difficulties and making the right choices. I must confess that I did have a tear or two in my eyes at the end. I hated to see it end. I can't wait to share this one with the girls.” Sharon, homeschooling mom.

"It's a rare, unique book, reminding me a bit of Oliver Twist. And it also reminded me a bit of A Little Princess. I found it moving. And I never was sure quite what would happen next! It was a real page-turner!" Caleb, age 11

We were VERY impressed with the amount of research you have poured into this book to make it accurate! Simply stellar. We were greatly intrigued by the story of Ned and a glimpse at this historical time! Excellent work. You should be very pleased with a job well done!” Ann Voskamp, author of A Child’s Geography

"I really enjoyed this book! Not only was it an accurate piece of historical fiction, but it was entertaining as well. The characters were believable and the story interesting and touching. I would recommend Ned to all ages as a great read in which you'll learn a lot too.” Heather, high school student

“We are reading it, and the boys are totally captivated!” Kristi, homeschooling mom

Ned is nobody’s child. Abandoned as a toddler on the streets of 1870’s London, he must fend for himself and survive by his wits. Discover how Ned finds help at a Ragged School, becomes a “Barnardo boy,” and eventually emigrates to Canada to begin a new life. Ned: Barnardo Boy is a historically accurate children’s book that is delighting children and adults alike. Meticulously researched and full of spiritual truth, Ned is a book your family will treasure.


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September 2nd, 2011
Kleenex alert! You need to have your tissues handy when you read this! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading Barbara's book, Ned: Barnardo Boy. I am saddened to admit how little I knew about that era and the poverty that existed th [...]
November 6th, 2007
We loved this story! I highly recommend it to you! It is great for teaching about Victorian England from a child's point of view and from the side of poverty instead of from the point of wealth. Barbara has done a terrific job of writing a wonderfully [...]
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February 20, 2010
This title was added to our catalog on February 09, 2007.