Land of Promise

Land of Promise

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by Joan Lowery Nixon
     
 

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Irish immigrant Rose Carney has a difficult life in Chicago. She’s working to help pay for her mother’s and sisters’ passages, dealing with her father’s drinking problem, and worrying about her brothers’ involvement in questionable activities. Rose becomes committed to a campaign to clean up Chicago and fight for world peace, but she

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Irish immigrant Rose Carney has a difficult life in Chicago. She’s working to help pay for her mother’s and sisters’ passages, dealing with her father’s drinking problem, and worrying about her brothers’ involvement in questionable activities. Rose becomes committed to a campaign to clean up Chicago and fight for world peace, but she knows her family responsibilities come first. With everything that’s happening in her life, can Rose hold on to her American dream?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Strong fictional characters can help history can alive for young adults. In this first of a new series of immigrant stories, Ellis Island, Nixon tells the story of 15-year-old Rose Carney who comes to Chicago from Ireland only to discover that her father is an alcoholic, her mother has died at home, and her brother is associated with the Blackhands. Through Rose, readers will meet historic people like Jane Addams and gain a vivid sense of immigrant life.
Children's Literature
Fifteen-year-old Rose Carney arrives at Ellis Island from her native Ireland in 1902, leaving behind a mother and two young sisters. She must travel halfway across the continent to Chicago. The father and brothers that she has not seen for several years await her. Rose has her hands full from the moment she arrives, cooking and cleaning for the men, dealing with a full-time job in a shop, adjusting to the ways of a new and different world, and experiencing her first love. To top it all off, she discovers that her father has a serious drinking problem and one brother is involved in Irish revolutionary politics. Joan Lowery Nixon handles her heroine's problems with a sure hand while introducing the well-researched and historically detailed world of a turn-of-the-century immigrant. This is one of the "Ellis Island" series of novels that deal with specific immigrant populations and the problems they faced. If the other stories are as dramatic and absorbing as Rose's, they will succeed in making history come alive to young readers in a way that dry historical texts never can. 2001, Gareth Stevens, $22.60. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Michele Tremaine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307827494
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/27/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Joan Lowery Nixon was the author of more than 130 books for young readers and was the only four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Best Young Adult Mystery Award. She received the award for The Kidnapping of Christina LattimoreThe SéanceThe Name of the Game Was Murder, and The Other Side of the Dark, which also won the California Young Reader Medal. Her historical fiction included the award-winning series The Orphan Train Adventures, Orphan Train Children, and Colonial Williamsburg: Young Americans.

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Land of Promise (Ellis Island Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great! Rose was really a character you felt you could relate to, she was desciribed so vividly. The plot was nice, really involving the characters and their emotions, and it drew me right in to the book. I especially liked the ending, and I also thought that the romance Nixon added between Rose and Tim was sweet and believable, and only helped make the story better. I love historical fiction, and this is definetly an appealing book. A touching, lovely story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much that I started reading some of Joan Lowery Nixon's other mystery books. I didn't like mystery books until I read hers.