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Home at Last: Sofia's Immigrant Diary (My America Series #2)

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Kathryn Lasky brings readers the second installment of Sofia's Ellis Island Diary, depicting Sofia's move to the North End of Boston and her first steps as a new American.

After her dramatic release from quarantine and reunion with her family, Sofia moves to the North End of Boston, where the Monaris start their new lives in their new country. While her parents struggle to make ends meet, Sofia must adjust to her American school, friends and ...

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Overview

Kathryn Lasky brings readers the second installment of Sofia's Ellis Island Diary, depicting Sofia's move to the North End of Boston and her first steps as a new American.

After her dramatic release from quarantine and reunion with her family, Sofia moves to the North End of Boston, where the Monaris start their new lives in their new country. While her parents struggle to make ends meet, Sofia must adjust to her American school, friends and job.

In 1903, ten-year-old Sofia and her family begin their life in America in Boston, where her father works in a grocery, her mother sells pasta, and she goes to school while trying to stay in touch with her old friend Maureen. Includes historical notes.

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Nine year old Sophia has just been released from being quarantined on Ellis Island because of a possible eye disease. Her new home is sparse at best, but it is home and she is with her family a month after their arrival in America. Sofia is the kind of daughter every mother wishes for—good natured, optimistic, studious and caring. This installment in the "My America" series is an engaging quick read. It is a story of dreams begun, dreams fulfilled and of hope. While reading this I couldn't help but notice similarities to the "Little House on the Prairie" television series, right down to the storeowners and local doctor. We are shown glimpses into the historic North End of Boston at the turn of the twentieth century. Most anecdotes are well placed, but do we really need to know about Marco swallowing the eye of a doll, and mentioning Rose Fitzgerald with no further explanation is just plain name-dropping! Sofia's story is one of encouragement for any age. From her Ellis Island release, her academic achievements, overcoming infantile paralysis, to the reality of possible losing her best friend, Sofia never loses her positive outlook and her penchant for bettering herself and others. 2003, Scholastic, $12.95 and Ages 9 to 12.
— Elizabeth Young
Library Journal
Gr 3-4-In Hope in My Heart, nine-year-old Sofia and her family arrive in America from Italy in 1903. The child is immediately put in quarantine on Ellis Island, where she remains throughout the book. In Home, Sofia finally settles with her family in Boston, eventually adjusting to her new life. Language and writing style in the protagonist's brief, readable diary entries flow smoothly from one to another. Each story ends with notes about the setting. Good choices for historical fiction fans, including reluctant readers.-Krista Tokarz, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439449632
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: My America Series , #2
  • Pages: 108
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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