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"The Flower of the Flock: The Diary of Harriet James" is a short story published in Hoping for Home from Dear Canada. The story was written by Irene N. Watts. It was followed by "The Charleston at the Trapline" by Ruby Slipperjack.

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"From 1867 to 1967, a hundred thousand Home Children—so named because they came from Doctor Thomas Barnardo's homes for orphans and destitute children in Britain—came to Canada. Some of these "waifs and strays" found loving homes; others did not. It is estimated that one-tenth of Canada's population today is descended from a Home Child."

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Main article: Irene N. Watts

Irene N. Watts is a German-Canadian author and playwright. As a child, she escaped Germany via the Kindertransport program. She is best known for her novel trilogy on the program, which includes Good-Bye Marianne, Remember Me, and Finding Sophie. Watts wrote about Home Children in Flower and When the Bough Breaks; the former being the basis for her award-winning play Lillie.[1]

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  1. Hoping for Home, About the Authors, pages 241-242

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