A girl called Pearl by Michelle Morgan


Set in Los Angeles during the period of the Great Depression, A Girl Called Pearl tells the story of Pearl Parker, a young child growing up in the foster system. Through years of living with her beloved ‘Aunt’ Thelma, her abusive stepfather, her psychologically ill mother, and finally in an orphanage, Pearl spends her days reading about film stars, and wishing for a happy life. Finally, a chance comment by her mother sets Pearl off on a journey that will change her life forever… A quest to meet and speak to her idol, Jean Harlow. Will she succeed?


My thoughts

Michelle Morgan jumps into her first children’s book with a heart-warming story of a semi orphan named Pearl. Beautifully written with well-defined characters Michelle’s story will take you through the first 11 years of Pearl’s life in Depression hit Los Angeles, from the drawer that was her first bed to the orphanage, from superstar Jean Harlow’s house to a secure home with her Aunt Thelma. A girl named Pearl will touch your soul and bring tears to your eyes, an extremely tender account of a little girl with nowhere to call home.

This book is one of a few (very few) that have left me wanting to know more, more of Pearl and what happened to her after I completed the last page and closed the book.


I am still thinking of her now and all the other boys and girls that suffered during the depression and for those today who do not have a home of their own.

Ordering information

A girl called Pearl is available from Lulu.com for £6.50

You can order a copy by clicking HERE

About Andrea Pryke

I have been collecting Marilyn Monroe items since 1990 and the collection includes around 400 books, as well as films, documentaries, dolls, records and all sorts of other items
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