I just happened upon this book in the library as I was straightening up and it immediately caught my eye for a number of reasons-
1. It had a brown, oldish, steampunk style cover
2. A drawing of a cute young boy who looks very lost (I'm a sucker for people thrust out of their element.)
3. Time Travel
4. Time Travel
5. Ellis Island=New York City=My home
6. Did I mention Time Travel?
When I thumbed through it I was pleasantly surprised to see the text printed in brown! Lovely! It's a nice switch from the usual black on white and retains the turn of the century feel to it. I'm hooked!
Here is a synopsis of the story, it seems very sweet:The Orphan of Ellis Island: A Time-Travel Adventure: Dominic Cantori is an orphan. Ashamed of his situation, Dominic 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. Immediately, Dominic 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! And 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.
I look forward to delving into this one. I'm not ashamed to say that I often read well-written books geared toward juveniles and young adults. I love Voyagers, don't I? :) This one in particular is for 4th-6th or 7th graders. Amazon has a preview of the book and you can read inside it. Check it out when you can, you may find it an interesting read.