Novel for young adults, based on the 'baby farmers' of the 1890s who took unwanted children in for profit. Young Sarah discovers the woman she has been told is her mother has a dark secret, and so Sarah and her friend Will set off on a dangerous mission to find out the truth. Author's other publications include 'Strange Objects', a 1991 CBC Book of the Year and 'First Light', 1994 CBC Picture Book of the Year.
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