A Promise, Regardless of Cultural Differences

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    “Rory’s Promise” by Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols is a story of family

    “Rory’s Promise” by Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols is a story of family and loyalty set in perilous 1800s New York City.  Rory is a determined but in some cases misguided 12-year-old orphan who, since losing her parents three years ago, has persuaded, bargained, argued, and wormed her way into the hearts of all at the Foundling in order to be allowed to take care of her little sister, Violet.  

 

The Foundling however, in order to give smaller children a new chance at life, arranges for “good, Catholic families” to take the children in and raise them.  When Rory discovers that Violet has been placed with a family, a family that has no intent to accept a pair of girls, and in Arizona no less, she vows to follow her every step of the way, despite the 2,410 miles and immense cultural differences that she will have to face along the way.

 

    While on the surface this is a heart-warming tale of the determination and love inside of Rory, it also discusses both racial and religious tensions within areas where different cultures interact that pertain to today.  Because of this, I would recommend this to all ages, including adult, and especially to students because of the lessons in tolerance it teaches, as well as its basis in a shameful part of Mid-West US history.