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The scrawled sign, peddling young siblings on a farmhouse porch, captures the desperation sweeping the country in 1931. It’s an era of breadlines, bank runs, and impossible choices.
For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family’s dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when the image leads to his big break, the consequences are devastating in ways he never imagined.
Haunted by secrets of her own, secretary Lillian Palmer sees more in the picture than a good story and is soon drawn into the fray. Together, the two set out to right a wrongdoing and mend a fractured family, at the risk of everything they value.
Inspired by an actual newspaper photo that stunned readers across the nation, this touching novel explores the tale within the frame and behind the lens—a journey of ambition, love, and the far-reaching effects of our actions.
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This historical fiction novel is set in during the early years of the Great Depression. Ellis Reed is a young society reporter for the Philadelphia Examiner, but longs to be responsible for covering news of more substance and import. The Chief then asks Ellis to write a feature to accompany the story. Accidentally, the original picture gets ruined, and the paper asks Ellis to go take another one. Ellis returns to the place where the kids were, but he finds out they are gone; the sign, however, is still in the yard. He decides to stage another picture, and asks two neighbor kids, Ruby, 8, and Calvin, 5, to pose. He feels guilty but thinks the story is important enough to justify it.
Rate this book. From New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes another unforgettable novel inspired by a stunning piece of history. It sits on a farmhouse porch in , but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs and broken dreams. It could have been written by any mother facing impossible choices. For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family's dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication.
Kristina McMorris. Kristina McMorris brings us the fictionalized story behind a real-life picture of the Great Depression in her latest novel. Hard working wannabe photojournalist Ellis Reed, is on his way back from an auxiliary luncheon when his engine overheats in the downtrodden farm community of Laurel Township, PA. There, he captures the painful toll that the depression has wrought upon the country. He immediately commissions a feature from Ellis, who is reluctant to track down and interview the children and their guardian for the article. He substitutes Calvin and Ruby Dillard, two children he finds in the same neighborhood, for the children in his original picture, their mother Geraldine assenting after Ellis lies to them about his intent. In the meantime, the Dilard children have been sold — apparently to a wealthy banker named Arthur Millstone.
The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in , but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs, and broken dreams. It could have been written by any mother facing impossible choices. For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family's dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication.