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Maggie's Amerikay

by Barbara Timberlake Russell

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A girl trying to provide for her family in New Orleans in the 1800s. She can't see to o to school and help financially sustain her family. She visits a man in another town to write for him and finds herself writing more for him than she was in school. She learns that their is a place for her in America ( )
  mcsuane | Aug 30, 2017 |
This book takes place in 1898. The McCrary family, including a young girl, Maggie McCrary, have just immigrated from Ireland to New Orleans. Maggie's father hopes for his children to receive a good education. Maggie's mother hopes to buy land. Maggie isn't sure what to think of America at first. Her little sister, Bessie, becomes ill with yellow fever, so their mother must quit working to take care of her. Maggie decides to find work to help her family. But, she struggles to stay awake in school while working on top of it. Maggie meets an African-American boy, Nathan, and learns of the troubles that he has also had to experience. Maggie finds through music what it is she wants in her America, as Nathan plays a song that "seems to say: free! free! I choose who I will be!". Maggie learns to follow her dreams in America.
  chloeford | Mar 26, 2017 |
What a sweet story of immigrating to America and adapting to life's challenges. I was a particularly big fan of the illustrations showing New Orleans in 1898. The main character, Maggie, stops at nothing to help her family when times get tough. She evolves into a working child who is trying to balance schooling and the need to help her family by earning money. An example of how her character grew was that she befriended the young boy that received the dented cornet. At the end it seems like she learned a lot from her interactions with people and gained respect for those she didn't understand. I would recommend reading this book to a classroom as a read a loud, it is a little long so time is a factor. I think with a teacher's gentle guidance children can take away a lot from this story. ( )
  AubrieSmith | Feb 13, 2017 |
Maggie and her family arrive in New Orleans from Ireland. They are in search of a new start. The American Dream is not what they thought that it would be. The family endures a lot of struggles. The family has a low income and Maggie gets a job to support the family despite their wishes. Maggie accepts a job woking for an African American man, even though the Irish and Blacks do not do work together. Maggie learns that she is not different from the people that she was warned about. Maggie must find her identity in this new place called America. ( )
  kbartholomew1 | Feb 22, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374347220, Hardcover)

“In Amerikay,” Maggie’s da has told her, “we will start anew.”
It’s 1898, and Maggie McCrary and her family have just crossed the ocean to settle in New Orleans. America is the answer to her father’s dream of books and proper learning. For her
mother, it offers the chance to buy land. But living in a crowded tenement watching her neighbors work hard all day, Maggie isn’t sure she likes Amerikay. Then Maggie discovers kinship in Nathan, an African American boy, and hope in the ragtime music he plays – music that seems to shout: Free! Free! I choose who I will be!

Striking illustrations pull readers into the rich mix of people that make up New Orleans in the 1890s and into the story of one young girl’s quest to find her own place in America.

Maggie's Amerikay is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:50 -0400)

In New Orleans in 1898, while her mother talks of saving to buy land and her father insists on the importance of an education, young Irish immigrant Maggie McCrary is determined to find her own way in the new place they call home.

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