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Journey to America
     

Journey to America

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by Sonia Levitin
 

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It was 1938, and something terrible was happening in Germany. Suddenly, there were more and more restrictions for the Jews: yellow stars they had to wear, schools they could not attend, things they were forbidden to do. The Nazis were in power. And Lisa Platt was scared.

Her father knew they had to escape, and he left for America in the middle of the night. He

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It was 1938, and something terrible was happening in Germany. Suddenly, there were more and more restrictions for the Jews: yellow stars they had to wear, schools they could not attend, things they were forbidden to do. The Nazis were in power. And Lisa Platt was scared.

Her father knew they had to escape, and he left for America in the middle of the night. He promised to send for Lisa, her mother, and her two sisters when there was enough money. Until then, they were to live in Switzerland. And so they did, waiting, in hardship none of them could ever have imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689711305
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
04/28/1987
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
715,214
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Journey to America 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really thought this book was interesting and exciting. The pace was fast moving, but not so fast that I couldn't keep up. There were interesting parts, such as the father going away for America, the family moving from Germany to Switzerland to a small apartment, the two older girls Lisa and Ruth leaving for a boarding home, all three girls going to different homes, the mother going to the hospital, Lisa getting a letter from her friend, and then the family leaving for America. There was no doubt in my mind that this book was NOT boring. Plus, it had factual information put into a narrative. The fight in Germany against the Jews and the soldiers parading around saying cruel and gory things about the Jews was scary and I can honestly say I would not want to go to Germany at that time period, even though I'm not even Jewish! I could not believe what Lisa's family had to go through and felt thoroughly bad for her, although she did end up with a nice family during her stay at Switzerland and they made it to America safely. Sorry to anyone who hasn't read the book for giving away the ending. Ah well, read the book anyway. It's very interesting, well written, and entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in the 3rd grade. Since then, (quite a few years later) I've read it about 10 times. I never get tired of it. The transitions could have been smoother, but overall, it's a touching story of a family's struggle to stay together in troublesome times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great book. It is told through the eyes of the ten year-old Lisa Platt. It is about a family from Germany when the Nazis were taking over. The Dad leaves to go to America to get a job and then the rest of the family was supposed to go to America when he could afford to take care of them. To get out of the country they said they were going to take a trip to Switzerland for a vacation but that was a lie. They were going to go from Switzerland to America. While they were staying in Switzerland, they were going poor, so the two oldest girls had to go to an orphanage. It was not going to well there, so the Mom got them back. She got very sick, so she got some families to adopt the kids. After she was better they got some letters from the Dad and they said that they could come to America now. But they had trouble getting the passports to leave to go to America. They finally get them; they go on a boat over to America. They go through Ellis Island, and the father meets them there. The father takes them to his apartment and they have a happy life with the family all together.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Annie, Lisa, and Ruth¿s father left for America and were going to call for Annie, Lisa, Ruth, and their mother to come when he was ready. He had taken a ship to America that was the only why he could get there. After awhile their father sent for them to come to America. They went and stayed in a city called Zurich City until their father said that he had a place for them to stay. They met a lot of new people while they were there. They didn¿t have that much money so they had to sell the rings their father gave them before he left for America. They finally got a letter from there father saying that it was Ok to come to America since he had found a place to stay. He said that the place were they were going to be staying wasn¿t very big in just had enough room for everyone. So they went on there way but did they actually make it to America through all the guards or not? Read to find out. I liked the book off and on. It got a little confusing during parts in the middle but besides that is was an Ok book. I really can¿t tell you if I liked the book or not it was just a story that was interesting but then again it wasn¿t. Why it got confusing was because the author really didn¿t explain what was going on in the story. The author jumped from one subject to the next. All I can say about the book is that it was very mysterious. The author was good with the details but not putting the story together in the right order. She mostly messed up the part when the letter came from their father and it said that they could head for America. They started out well but then they went talking about a different city and you just couldn¿t catch on to what they were talking about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of 10 year old Lisa Platt struggling through the tough times. They move out of Berlin to Switzerland. They were going poor so the two oldest children had to move into an orphange. Many things trouble them during the time period of the Holocaust
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great book.It is about this family from Germany when the Nazis were taking over. So the Dad leaves to go to America to get a job and then the rest of th e family was supposed to go to America when he could support them. They said they were going to take a trip to Switerland for a vacation but that was a lie. They were going to go from Switerland to America. When they were staying in Switerland they had some money troubles,so the two oldest girls had to go to an orfange. Then it wasn't going to well there, so the Mom got them back and she got very sick. So she got some families to adopt the the kids. After dhe got well they got some letters from the Dad and they said that they could come to America now. But they had some trouble getting the passports to leave to go to America. Will they get there or not? You will just have to read the book to find out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book because a teacher recommended it to me and it was ok but not enough details for me and it was a bit of a disapointment to me~ too short and all that.. (but then, it IS a bit of a low standard for me but it should be good for ppl in elementary..) ( and like the other person said, they got off things too easily and the sisters did NOT have to sell their rings. their mom had to sell her engagement ring though)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for school. It was okay, but i don't feel that it told of the hardship Jews had to endure during the Nazi occupation. In fact, I think lisa and her family had it easy-their father escaped without susupicion,and their family was able to stick together. Overall, I was pretty dissapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read this book but it sounds really good and a little deppressing.Hope to read it soon.(I only put three stars because I have not read it yet.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didntget this book on my nook but i read at my school library and loved it i asked my librarian about the second and third and they didnt have it and i asked y and she said other kids must not have like the book and i was like in shock cuz i dontknow how u cant love this book when u finish it there might b a few boring pages but not many so u should get the book. Ps ionly have 3113 words left :))))))))))))))))))) now only 3067 djrjfjdjmbgfxgdt,gtfhhtfdtutddgfhj hTjlldgkgkdjcbdjyctuav mhgjyffgvhfy.dchfchhffh.vvnmyefhkhfdgcgcbcb . Jydmhcydfhdykhfkfkydyidgvyfydgfykyjfjfjfjrjrjfjfkrlepekdkwlwoejffjtjtjrhfjrielwoekelelrhdjjddk,sjldbszks now 2848