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Land of Hope (Ellis Island) by Joan Lowery…

Land of Hope (Ellis Island)

by Joan Lowery Nixon

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Rebekah, 15, and her family leave their shtetl in Russia for the U. S., seeking safety from the random violence against Jews. On the ship she meets two girls, one Irish and one Swedish, representing two other major groups of immigrants in the early 1900s. Rebekah and her friends talk about the opportunities for women in their new country, a theme that reappears throughout the story. Interwoven is the beginning of a romance that will surely develop in later books. The novel's strength is its sense of place; readers suffer the smells and trials of the long, harrowing ocean trip and feel the confusion the family faces in New York, even then a large and chaotic city.

Not as interesting as The Orphan Train series but still good reads! ( )
  I_recommend | Apr 8, 2009 |
This definitely gives you a different perspective than Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. These three girls want to come to America to get the same rights as boys, and find camaraderie together. Soon they are separated and we follow Rebekah's story where she struggles to get her family beyond their life in the sweatshop and get her parents' to understand her dreams. Finally she takes action and makes it happen. ( )
  t1bnotown | Feb 1, 2008 |
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Russian immigrant Rebekah Levinsky hopes desperately that her dream will come true in America. On the difficult ocean journey to the "land of opportunity" she meets two other girls--Kristin Swensen from Sweden and Rose Carney from Ireland. The three quickly become friends as they share their visions of the future and endure life on the overcrowded ship.

Once they reach Ellis Island the girls must separate and Rebekah and her family settle in New York on the Lower East Side. Instead of finding streets paved with gold, they slave seven days a week in a sweatshop. Will Rebekah find the courage to conquer the odds and find happiness in the United States of America.

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Rebekah, a fifteen-year-old Jewish immigrant arriving in New York City in 1902, almost abandons her dream of getting an education when she is forced to work in a sweatshop.

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