09-24-2012 02:35 AM
My teacher read it to my class when I was in the 6th grade which was 1989, but she told us that she had been reading it to her class for the last 15 years. She would do the voices in an English accent due to the content, very Pygmalia/My Fair Lady style.
It was a novel "chapter book". It took place during a war, but I am not sure which one. A young boy about 12 and a young girl about 8 were sent to live on the outskirts of London in a Mansion. They were not related to one another, but were sent away to live here because of the war. The girl was extremely homesick and about four or five chapters in the Masion burnt down and their guardian (the owner of the home) was killed in that fire. They had no where to go so they headed to London where the boy had to work in the city sewers and the girl had to work in a factory.
I want to say it's set around the same time as Charles Dickens did a lot of his stuff, very seedy London when they had all of that pollution until the ban of burning leaves.