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The Orphan of Ellis Island: A Time-Travel Adventure Audiobook

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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:
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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.”


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

    ALAN Review

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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. "

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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.