Runaway Orphans Find Love in JOEY LOVES HIS SISTER
According to SOS Children's Villages, "Approximately 25,000 children age out of America's foster care system every year at age 18..." and "25 percent of these foster children will become homeless." Understanding the predicament of orphans and abandoned children, and inspired by the stories her own mother made up and told her when she was a child, author Lois Peterson decided to publish her first children's book that talks about this startling reality, titled Joey Loves His Sister.
Peterson's new book talks about how people can come together and find love for each other. Set in Lakeview, N.Y., it tells the story of two orphans, Joey and Melissa, who need help and a loving family. After running away from the orphanage, they find a couple who learn to love them. The couple sees the good in Joey. They feel that he is an honest boy who takes responsibility seriously, and decide to welcome him and his sister into their lives.
A touching excerpt from a dialogue in Joey Loves His Sister:
"John!" bursts Susan. "What do we do? These are not our children. Can we pay the hospital bill?"
"Well, Sue," says John, "It looks like we are elected to do so. These children need help. They have had a hard life and we have the means. It seems to me they were sent to us to help them. Let's not worry about the costs. Let's just do what we can. Besides, I kind of like that Joey. He seems to be a good boy and we know he is honest and loves his sister with all the love he can give. Imagine the responsibility he took upon himself. He's quite a little man..."