The Reluctant Canadian

Brad Barnes 1137210654779


Early 20th Century

Brad Barnes

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This fictional story is inspired by Canada’s real-life Child Immigration Scheme, a largely forgotten program that brought upwards of 100,000 supposedly orphaned and abandoned British children to Canada to act as much-needed farm labourers and servants (“home children”) from 1860 to the 1920s.


Historical Fiction,

Short Summary

The Reluctant Canadian follows the unforgettable and haunting journey of Sidney, a spirited victim of this immigration scheme who, after the death of his father, is taken from his mother and placed in a London orphanage.


Bethnal Green, London, various locations in Canada

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

,Could be considered a tragic story

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Sidney (Sid)

Age: 8

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Desperate, Insecure, Lone Wolf, Manipulative, Uneducated, Aggressive, Badass, Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: George - Sid's long lost son, Mary, the narrator, other characters as Sid goes from an innocent boy to a selfish young man.


Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Desperate, Empathetic, Honorable, Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: There are many characters that Sid encounters as he struggles with circumstances that changes his life dramatically.

Age: 75

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Selfless, Charming, Empathetic, Engaging, Modest

Additional Character Details

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Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Hard Copy Available



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