No Place Like Home by Hesba Stretton.

Ruth Medway, a Christian, lived in a poor, half-ruined hut.  Her ninth child Ishmael took the schoolmistress's daughter to a cave and roasted some wild eggs and the game warden arrested him. Although a generally a good boy, after his jail term he was ostracized by his father and met with his mother secretly. When the game warden's son was lost in the caves, Ishmael had the chance to forgive him and to become a hero.—Curiosmith (2010).

The hand of the author of "Jessica's First Prayer" has not lost its cunning. She knows as well as ever how to touch the heart by a tale of lowly life, in which the struggle against adverse circumstances and moral ignorance is portrayed with great vividness and pathos. The story is very graphically and pathetically written, and will be read with equal interest by young and old.—The Literary World (1905).

Marked by great pathos, and full of those exquisite little touches which this clever writer knows so well how to employ.—The Rock (1905).


  • Chapter 1 — An Old Hovel.
  • Chapter 2 — In the Woods.
  • Chapter 3 — Saturday and Sunday
  • Chapter 4 — The Magistrate's Meeting.
  • Chapter 5 — Turned Adrift.
  • Chapter 6 — Five Years.
  • Chapter 7 — Her Last Command.
  • Chapter 8 — Going Home
  • Chapter 9 — A New Home


  • Ruth Medway — the mother, a woman who lived in a hut.
  • Ishmael — the youngest son.
  • Humphrey Medway — the father, drunken and idle.
  • Humphrey the eldest son — drunken and idle.
  • Nutkin — the gamekeeper and landowner.
  • Mr. Chipchase – the farmer.
  • Mrs. Cliff — the village schoolmistress.
  • Elsie — the schoolmistresses daughte