I just finished reading two wonderful books that have indigent children and the foster care system, as the primary focus, but there is oh, so much more. The first, Fourth of July Creek, was recommended to me by a former classmate, George Scherer whose fantastic band, The Headlights, plays in local restaurants and clubs around Alabama. The second one, Orphan Train, is the bookclub book our neighborhood book club will discuss at our April meeting.
Fourth of July Creek has some pretty rough language, but is a wonderful book, and a sadly accurate representation of the plight of some children in this country, especially the children of mentally ill, religiously and/or politically misguided, or drug-addicted parents.
Orphan Train is about the train system that took orphaned or abandoned children all over the country in the late 1800s and early 1900s, seeking adoptive parents. It tells the stories of some of these children, both happy and sad.
My reviews of these books will be published as soon as I can write them. If you are not signed up as a follower of The Grumpy Book Reviewer, watch for the links to the reviews to be posted on Facebook, Google Plus, and Twitter. Meanwhile, go check out George’s music page on Facebook by clicking on the name of his band at the top of this post.