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Children's LiteratureAdeline's Dream tells the story of the German immigrant Adeline Mueller as she and her family struggle to find a home in the unfamiliar land of Qu'Appelle in Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1910. The family's lives have been dramatically changed, but Adeline, who once dreamed of becoming a great opera singer, fears she can no longer follow this dream. Her family must overcome many hardships: fire, tornados, prohibition, and financial difficulty, while 12 year-old Adeline struggles with the new language, prejudice, and making friends. Aksomitis has created a heart-warming story about learning to adapt and maintaining hope during a time of change. Some German words are sprinkled throughout the text, but they are easy to decipher due to the context or a direct translation. This historical novel is not the typical page-turner that many young readers are accustomed to, but rather it is a throwback to the writing style of L.M. Montgomery, for each chapter tells a mini story much like Anne of Green Gables. 2006, Coteau Books, Ages 9 to 12.