Silver Birch Express shortlist 2007
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007
Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children shortlist, 2007
Golden Oak nominee, 2008
Embark on this gripping adventure!
Aram is like all the boys exiled in Greece. He has survived the Armenian genocide in Turkey and now lives in an orphanage. He can never return home. One day Aram learns that he will be one of fifty boys who will start a new life in a country called Canada. What does he know of this distant land? There is snow, lots to eat, and no war. But most important of all, Aram has heard that the
trees are covered in gold. All he will have to do is pluck the gold off the branches and he will have enough money to bring his grandmother out to join him. But first he must get there.
Aram is about to embark on a long adventure. Will he find a land of endless riches, or a place he can finally call home?
- A great adventure story for boys
- Illustrations are historically accurate
- Third title in the New Beginnings series (see below)
Below are links to the Table of Contents and two full page spreads from the book:
Click here to see the Teacher's Guide for Aram’s Choice on Maraha's web site.
Marsha has followed up Aram's Choice with the sequel Call Me Aram.
"Realistic color illustrations on most pages, some of them spreads, add authenticity to the narrative. Covering an incident little known in the United States, this work would be of particular interest in areas where Armenian immigrants live, but it could also underline a general discussion of humanitarianism."
-- School Library Journal
"A story that is sure to inspire thoughtful discussion about relocation and humanitarian efforts."
-- Also from the School Library Journal
"Aram’s Choice is emotionally-charged . . . a perfect choice for lessons in history and humanitarianism. Readers between ages 8 and 11 (Grade 2-5) will feel a deep connection to the events, because the story is told first person through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy."
-- Curled Up With A Good Kid's Book
"Young readers will find information on a little known period of Armenian and Canadian history in an enjoyable and easy to read format.
-- CM Magazine
"Aram’s Choice is superbly written to appeal to young audiences while informing them of the history of the world in which we live. . .Aram’s Choice is an affordable, comprehensive asset to the social studies classroom."
"Rated: Excellent, enduring, everyone should see it!"
-- Resource Links
"Short chapters, appealing full-color artwork, and well-researched back matter make this a good choice for readers interested in past humanitarian efforts.
Marsha Skrypuch is the author of many books for children, including Silver Threads, Enough, The Hunger and Hope's War. Her novel about the Armenian genocide, Nobody's Child, was nominated for the Red Maple Award, the Alberta Rocky Mountain Book Award, the B.C. Stellar Award; and it was listed by Resource Links as a Best Book. Aram's Choice is based on the story of Kevork Kevorkian, one of the original Georgetown Boys - a group of Armenian orphans brought to Georgetown, Ontario, in 1923. An English scholar and former librarian, Marsha lives in Brantford, Ontario, with her husband and son.
Visit Marsha's website at www.calla.com.
Also, check out Marsha’s blog.
Muriel Wood is acclaimed for the accurate historical detail in her illustrations. She is the illustrator of Apples and Angel Ladders, Scared Sarah, The Olden Days Coat, Anne of Green Gables and Old Bird. Muriel lives in Port Hope, Ontario.
New Beginnings is a series of historical chapter books for newly independent readers between the ages of eight and eleven. Each novel concerns a boy or girl facing the challenges of adapting to life in a new culture in North America.
Every New Beginnings title is well researched, illustrated in full color throughout, and accompanied by an index and glossary.
Other books in the New Beginnings Series:
- Lizzie's Storm (only available in paperback.)
- Scared Sarah (available in hardcover and paperback.)