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by Linda Holeman

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After Emmaline's father dies, her mother must go to work in a mill where she injures her hand and becomes addicted to painkillers. She will do anything to get the drugs, and when nothing else is left, she sells Emmaline's deaf brother to a master sweep, who takes him to London where the little boy will work shimmying up chimneys to clean them. Emmaline takes off to find her brother, knowing the odds are very much against her success. ( )
  lilibrarian | Mar 7, 2016 |
Richie's Picks: SEARCH OF THE MOON KING'S DAUGHTER by Linda Holeman

In a horrific tale worthy of Dickens, fifteen year-old Emmaline's life in a British village in 1836 spirals rapidly downward when her mother's hand is mangled in a piece of factory machinery. Her mother becomes addicted to the laudanum which eases the pain of that injury, and that addiction causes her mother to sell her little deaf son Tommy into a virtual slavery as a chimney sweep. Emmaline's long and desperate search for her beloved little brother takes her to London and provides a graphic portrayal of Britain at the beginnings of the Industrial Age. ( )
  richiespicks | Jun 16, 2009 |
A sad, shockingly accurate depiction of Victorian England in 1830 during the industrial age when the elite and upper echelon held sway and power over the lives of the poor, and wretched downtrodden.

In a Charles Dicken's like fashion, rich in detail of the haves and have nots, Holeman takes us to the gritty, nasty streets of England cities where prostitution and mill work are a few of the only options for women, where children are sold to a life of climbing into and cleaning dirty chimneys, where food is miserly given to the hungry while the rich feast on sumptuous banquets, where the help are treated miserably and the rich have carte blanche to do with them as they will.

Emmaline, her father, mother and baby brother live a calm countryside existence. Rich in beauty of character, her father teaches her the poetry of Yeats and thus, Emmaline calls him The Moon King.

When Cholera takes the life of her father, her emotionally weak mother drinks herself into denial while at the age of ten Emmaline tries her best to fend for her brother and self.

Forced to flee to a mill town, Emmaline's mother obtains work in the factory where she is maimed by a machine. Out of work and a means of income, to quell the physical and emotional pain, Emmaline's mother becomes addicted to laudanum. In a drug induced state, she sells her small son Tommy to the men who use children as labor to clean the chimneys.

Against all odds, Emmaline, The Moon King's Daughter, searches for her brother in the hope to find and save him.

Highly recommended not only because of the well-researched material throughout, but also for the beautiful story of a sister who loves her brother with all her heart and will not cease until she finds him. ( )
8 vote Whisper1 | Mar 16, 2009 |
An amazing book. ( )
  songbirdsofthenight | Oct 20, 2008 |
This is a wonderful book for historical fiction lovers. It tells the story of Emmaline Roke and her family in 1800s Victorian England. Emmaline experiences many tragedies in her young life, especially when her mother sells her brother for money to fund a drug habit.

This selling leads to Emmaline's desparate search all over London for her beloved brother Tommy. She meets interesting characters along the way, and the story highlights the inner strength of a very young woman. It's an empowering and interesting novel! ( )
  RoseMarion | Jul 27, 2008 |
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Gentle Emmaline loves nothing more than books and flowers and her little brother Tommy. Sadly, her idyllic country life in Victorian England comes to an abrupt end when her father dies of cholera. The family is forced to move to a mill town, where Emmaline’s mother is dreadfully injured in a factory accident. To ease her pain she takes laudanum and is soon addicted, craving the drug so badly that she sells Tommy into servitude as a chimney sweep in London. Emmaline knows that a sweep’s life is short and awful. Small boys as young as five are forced to climb naked into dark chimneys, their bare feet prodded by nail-studded sticks to keep them working. If Tommy is to survive, it is up to Emmaline to find him.

Linda Holeman brings a bygone period to life in a book of serious historical fiction for young adults.


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Emmaline tries to find her little brother who has been sold into servitude as a chimney sweep.

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