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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elvira Woodruff Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455188765
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Dominic Cantori is an orphan. Ashamed of his situation, he 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. Terrified of having to answer, Dominic immediately 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! 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “Sheds light on the values and experiences of Italian immigrants, with touches of humor and an easy-to-read style. An author’s note at the end provides a thoughtful bridge from real life to fiction.”

    Booklist

  • “Woodruff’s well-researched novel beautifully describes the similarities between an orphan’s and an immigrant’s search for a home.”

    ALAN Review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 2/18/2014

    " Good concept - challenging for my students to follow at points. Likable characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aislinn Cruse | 2/13/2014

    " Was forced to read this in english class when I was in the 6th grade. I ended up loving it. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn | 2/10/2014

    " I absolutely LOVED this book when my 3 grade teacher read it for us...I read it again in 4 grade, and it was just plain amazing. Sooo real. Loved it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/26/2014

    " This was one of my favorite books as a kid. It's a little sad towards the end, but a beautiful read nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 1/12/2014

    " Orphan gets a chance to see what life for orphans was like in the beginning of the 1900s. Interesting and eye opening to see what the conditions were like for the people traveling to the states was like. Good for kids to see life before the days of instant communication. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Heller | 12/21/2013

    " Good story about immigration. I noticed that it has some references to quotes that are used in the Ellis Island photo essay in our textbook, which I'll be using in our 4th unit. I hope to get at least one student interested in reading this novel by using the photo essay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/15/2013

    " Cute and very touching at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzette Caplin | 11/17/2013

    " The Ellis Island experience has always fascinated my kids and me ever since we toured the museum. This is an easy read for kids. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon Clark | 10/26/2013

    " This was not very interesting to me. I think my 5/6 graders might enjoy. It because its easy to read, but it did not grab my attention or keep me wanting to read it. Sorry. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conor | 10/20/2013

    " I read this book in 6th grade and it still touches me to this day. if I have time, I would totally read it again. great story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zoe | 9/22/2013

    " I found the writing to be stilted, which made it hard to keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 9/21/2013

    " A good time traveling adventure "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 6/17/2013

    " My eight year old liked this book as well. He gave it a good thumbs up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shana | 3/7/2013

    " I think that The Orphan Of Ellis Island is a good book, but when you read to the end, it was Domino's dream, so it made you that like phew...That is not real. Because I think that if it's real, it would be really sad and horrible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/15/2012

    " I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!! :) IT WAS AMAZING! i recommend it to anybody who is Italian and has ancestors that came from Italy to Ellis Island a long time ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 2/19/2012

    " Read this with my third graders. It could get a bit complex for them at times - back in time, issues of immigration, foster care, fitting in. But I would read it again with next year's group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/23/2011

    " A light, enjoyable book. We listened to this book on our way to New York and the kids really liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kelly | 10/21/2011

    " a foster child goes back in time to "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Fricker | 10/19/2011

    " good way to introduce ellis island and talk about life of italian immigrants "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 9/18/2011

    " I love this book! My fourth grade teacher read it to the class and I fell in love with it. I've been trying to find the name of it for 5 years now. I'm sooo happy I found it!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan Velasaquez | 7/26/2011

    " I read this book in elementary school, I'm in high school now , and I still love it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 5/10/2011

    " This was one of my favorite books as a kid. It's a little sad towards the end, but a beautiful read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/28/2011

    " My eight year old liked this book as well. He gave it a good thumbs up.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara | 11/22/2010

    " It is sort of boring in the middle but what I did is browse through the whole middle cause I believe that the midde is not important. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zoe | 4/18/2010

    " I found the writing to be stilted, which made it hard to keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 4/16/2010

    " Orphan gets a chance to see what life for orphans was like in the beginning of the 1900s. Interesting and eye opening to see what the conditions were like for the people traveling to the states was like. Good for kids to see life before the days of instant communication. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn | 3/12/2010

    " I absolutely LOVED this book when my 3 grade teacher read it for us...I read it again in 4 grade, and it was just plain amazing. Sooo real. Loved it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/8/2010

    " A light, enjoyable book. We listened to this book on our way to New York and the kids really liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 5/31/2009

    " A good time traveling adventure "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 4/24/2009

    " This book was amazing! Though I read it in one night , it was really entertaining. I cried at one time with Salvatore.... but the majority of the book was positive and the ending was happy but wasn't stereotypical. It was very original and I would recommend it to anyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzette | 7/24/2008

    " The Ellis Island experience has always fascinated my kids and me ever since we toured the museum. This is an easy read for kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kelly | 6/30/2008

    " a foster child goes back in time to "

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About the Author
Author Elvira Woodruff

Elvira Woodruff is the author of many popular novels. Her books have won numerous awards and honors. The hundreds of letters from children that she receives each year keep her excited about writing. She lives in Martin’s Creek, Pennsylvania, where she keeps a garden that is filled with morning glories.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.