Homesick (Puffin Modern Classics)

Homesick (Puffin Modern Classics)

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by Jean Fritz
     
 

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This is the twenty-fifth anniversary of Jean Fritz’s award-winning account of her life in China, and to honor this story, it is only fitting that it be added to our prestigious line of Puffin Modern Classics. This fictionalized autobiography tells the heartwarming story of a little girl growing up in an unfamiliar place. While other girls her age were enjoying

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This is the twenty-fifth anniversary of Jean Fritz’s award-winning account of her life in China, and to honor this story, it is only fitting that it be added to our prestigious line of Puffin Modern Classics. This fictionalized autobiography tells the heartwarming story of a little girl growing up in an unfamiliar place. While other girls her age were enjoying their childhood in America, Jean Fritz was in China in the midst of political unrest. Jean Fritz tells her captivating story of the difficulties of living in a unfamiliar country at such a difficult time.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fritz's Newbery Honor-winning memoir of growing up during a turbulent time in China's history is "rich in the telling observations of sights, sounds and people," said PW. Ages 8-12. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Denise Daley
This Newbery honor book was first published in 1982. In the foreword the author confesses that although the story is mostly autobiographical, some of the details are fictionalized. Jean writes of her recollections as a ten-year-old girl growing up with her American parents in China during a period of political unrest. As an intelligent but naive young girl, Jean fascinates readers as she skillfully describes her experiences as a foreigner living in China during their civil war of the early 1900s. She and others were referred to as "foreign devils" by some of the Chinese people. Although Jean loved the land in China, she often felt as though she did not really belong. The increasing war violence amplified her feelings. Jean longed to be in America where she believed people's biggest worries were about the weather. Her story is sweet, sensitive, and compelling. Readers will agree that this book deserved the Newbery award recognition that it received.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142407615
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Series:
Puffin Modern Classics Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,285,790
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile:
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jean Fritz, the Newbery Honor-winning author of Homesick, is best known for her engaging and enlightening nonfiction for young readers, including What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?, And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?, and Shh! We're Writing the Constitution. She was honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature by the New York State Library Association, and won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her career contribution to American children's literature.

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Homesick 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jean Fritz was born an American girl in China. Growing up she wanted to know about her American life. Throughout her earlier years she can only see her American life in letters from her grandma (lives in america). Finally, after waiting many years her family decides to go back. When she gets to America she questions whether or not she will fit in, after living on the opposite side of the world. During the coarse of the book, I liked the story's reality to everyday issues. They are the same no matter where you live. Whether it being teased and not wanting to go to school or begging mother for that special something for christmas. There are so many cultures and different beliefs, that when it comes to basic standards of living it is all the same. I did not dislike anything in Homesick. Although, I did learn about the separation of Chinese and Americans. Not in a bad way. The Americans had a small park blocked off to Chinese in order to have a place in comparison to America. Therefore, by finishing the book I give it a thumbs up and can relate to being homesick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was so cool. I also thought that some of the parts were sad, happy, confusing, but most of all powerfull. The book really explained how she felt and I thought that was really neat. The only part that I did like was when you could tell when she used some fiction. I would reccomend this book for people that like oriental things, and people that like biographies.
nananainai More than 1 year ago
I have family living in China and found this book absorbing. Jean Fritz describes her yearning to be an American while living in another country and culture. Additionally, it gives us a glimpse at life in China before Communism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of my favorites in junior high, and I just recently found the title again. Although the story is written for a younger audience, as a sophomore in college it is still an enjoyable read. If you are especially fond of learning about pre-WWII Chinese culture, this is a good place to start.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jean Fritz, 10 years old at the time, is excited that she will finally live in America. The book is about this girl's exciting two year adventure to America where she faced a war of many people, happiness, sorrow, and leftoutness. This book is a joy to read because Fritz described her past so clearly, you can make a good summary about any part.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Homesick: My Own Story is a great book. It's very exciting. It has some good characters. The main character was Jean. She went through alot. Some more are: Jean's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hull, Lin-Nai Nai,the coolies, Andrea, and alot more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book, heartbreaking all the way through (but I'm just like that, all books are heartbreaking) ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this book its ok but i dont get it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reveiwed before and I like it but it is to short . It is one of Jean Fritz's best masterpiece !
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a pretty good book. Not my favorite but still good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was stupid it was about a girl who wishs she was in america during a war and they wre rich and she wants to move and be poor in america whan she can be rich in china how stupid is that if you now what i mean