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Letters from Rifka (Paperback)

Author:  Karen Hesse
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312535619
ISBN-13: 9780312535612
Sku: 208273032
Publish Date: 1/6/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  148
Age Range:  14 to 18
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September 2, 1919 Russia My Dear Cousin Tovah, We made it! If it had not been for your father, though, I think my family would all be dead now: Mama, Papa, Nathan, Saul, and me. (from the first line)
In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her familys flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate to America. An ALA Notable Book. Reissue. *Author: Hesse, Karen *Publication Date: 2009/01/06 *Number of Pages: 148 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 4-6 *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 7.75
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“America,” the girl repeated. “What will you do there?”|I was silent for a little time.|“I will do everything there,” I answered.
|Rifka knows nothing about America when she flees from Russia with her family in 1919. But she dreams she will at last be safe from the Russian soldiers and their harsh treatment of the Jews in the new country. Throughout her journey, Rifka carries with her a cherished volume of poetry by Alexander Pushkin. In it, she records her observations and experiences in the form of letters to her beloved cousin she has left behind. Strong-hearted and determined, Rifka must endure a great deal: humiliating examinations by doctors and soldiers, deadly typhus, separation from all she has ever known and loved, murderous storms at sea—and as if this is not enough, the loss of her glorious golden hair. And even if she does make it to America, she’s not sure America will have her.
Set between 1919 and 1920, LETTERS FROM RIFKA tells the story of a 12-year-old Jewish girl who, along with her parents and her brother, attempts to escape persecution in her homeland of Russia. The family manages to flee to Poland, and from there, they plan to immigrate to the United States, already home to Rifka's three older brothers. Although the rest of her family is cleared to travel to America, Rifka, who has developed ringworm, is left behind in the care of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, a group that eventually relocates her to Belgium, where she grows from a frightened child to a responsible young woman. Rifka still dreams of being reunited with her family, but before she can do so, she must face a dangerous sea journey and an extended stay at Ellis Island. Based on the author's own family history, LETTERS FROM RIFKA presents a historically accurate depiction of an immigrant's experience in the early 1900s, and is told via Rifka's letters to her cousin in Russia.

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