Letters from Rifka

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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 that in the new country she will at last be safe from the Russian soldiers and their harsh treatment of the Jews. 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 Tovah, the 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, detainment on Ellis Island--and is if this is not enough, the loss of her glorious golden hair. Based on a true story from the author's family, Letters from Rifka presents a real-life heroine with an uncommon courage and unsinkable spirit.
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Grouped Work ID 72111ed2-fcdc-bd7e-0876-a2371622cb86
Grouping Title letters from rifka
Grouping Author hesse karen
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-12-13 04:47:11AM
Last Indexed 2019-06-24 04:40:27AM

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accelerated_reader_interest_level MG
accelerated_reader_point_value 4
accelerated_reader_reading_level 4.2
author Hesse, Karen.
author_display Hesse, Karen
display_description In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family's 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.
fountas_pinnell S
id 72111ed2-fcdc-bd7e-0876-a2371622cb86
isbn 9780140363913, 9780805019643
last_indexed 2019-06-24T08:40:27.574Z
lexile_score 660
literary_form Other
literary_form_full Other
primary_isbn 9780805019643
publishDate 1992
record_details ils:a49086|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|H. Holt,|c1992.|x, 148 p. ; 22 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
subject_facet Emigration and immigration -- Juvenile fiction, Emigration and immigration -- Stories, Jews -- Fiction, Jews -- Stories, Letters -- Juvenile fiction
title_display Letters from Rifka
title_full Letters from Rifka / Karen Hesse
title_short Letters from Rifka
topic_facet Emigration and immigration, Jews, Letters, Stories