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Elias, a fourteen-year-old Russian immigrant, arrives alone in Kansas City in 1907, finding new employment and friends but also receiving bad news about his family back in Russia. Elias must call upon all his resources and learn to modify at least some of his old-world traditions to fit his new environment. Readers will recognize that while the circumstances are very different, many of the same problems apply to any young person growing up in any era or setting.

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Overview

Elias, a fourteen-year-old Russian immigrant, arrives alone in Kansas City in 1907, finding new employment and friends but also receiving bad news about his family back in Russia. Elias must call upon all his resources and learn to modify at least some of his old-world traditions to fit his new environment. Readers will recognize that while the circumstances are very different, many of the same problems apply to any young person growing up in any era or setting.

Elias, a fourteen-year-old Russian immigrant, arrives alone in Kansas City in 1907, finding new employment and friends but also receiving bad news about his family back in Russia.

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Gr 5-8-- This Jewish immigration story set in 1907 has a resourceful and engaging hero, an unusual setting, and enough plot and action to sustain reader interest. Elias Cherevnosky, 14, accompanies his aging, sickly Hebrew teacher from Russia to Galveston, Texas in exchange for free passage. When they dock, the man is found to have traucoma, grounds for automatic deportation, and Elias decides to remain in the United States. Through a series of coincidences, and some quick thinking and fast talking, he finds himself in Kansas City, working in a department store as a janitor. This is a well-textured story with a variety of subplots and relevant themes. Elias develops a shy romantic interest in his boss's daughter, which provokes resentment on the part of the girl's aunt, who doesn't like the idea of an immigrant getting too close to her family. The fear of pogroms in Russia that threaten his remaining family is a real one. Most readers will identify with the adolescent anxieties described. The main characters are sensitive, likable, real people. Comparable in many ways to Judie Angell's One Way to Ansonia Bradbury, 1985, this story can be highly recommended both to general readers and to those with that perennial historical-novel assignment. --Susan Kaminow, Arlington County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827603677
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 11/30/1990
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 156
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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