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Letters from Rifka

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"America," the girl repeated. "What will you do there?"
I was silent for a little time.
"I will do everything there," I answered.

Rifka knows nothing about America when she flees from Russia with her family in 1919. But she dreams that in the new country she will at last be safe from the Russian soldiers and their harsh treatment of the Jews. Throughout her journey, Rifka ...
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Overview

"America," the girl repeated. "What will you do there?"
I was silent for a little time.
"I will do everything there," I answered.

Rifka knows nothing about America when she flees from Russia with her family in 1919. But she dreams that in the new country she will at last be safe from the Russian soldiers and their harsh treatment of the Jews. Throughout her journey, Rifka carries with her a cherished volume of poetry by Alexander Pushkin. In it, she records her observations and experiences in the form of letters to Tovah, the beloved cousin she has left behind.

Strong-hearted and determined, Rifka must endure a great deal: humiliating examinations by doctors and soldiers, deadly typhus, separation from all she has ever known and loved, murderous storms at sea, detainment on Ellis Island--and is if this is not enough, the loss of her glorious golden hair.

Based on a true story from the author's family, Letters from Rifka presents a real-life heroine with an uncommon courage and unsinkable spirit.

In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family's flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate to America.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Twelve-year-old Rifka's journey from a Jewish community in the Ukraine to Ellis Island is anything but smooth sailing. Modeled on the author's great-aunt, Rifka surmounts one obstacle after another in this riveting novel. First she outwits a band of Russian soldiers, enabling her family to escape to Poland. There the family is struck with typhus. Everyone recovers, but Rifka catches ringworm on the next stage of the journey--and is denied passage to America (``If the child arrives . . . with this disease,'' explains the steamship's doctor, ``the Americans will turn her around and send her right back to Poland''). Rifka's family must leave without her, and she is billeted in Belgium for an agreeable if lengthy recovery. Further trials, including a deadly storm at sea and a quarantine, do not faze this resourceful girl. Told in the form of ``letters'' written by Rifka in the margins of a volume of Pushkin's verse and addressed to a Russian relative, Hesse's vivacious tale colorfully and convincingly refreshes the immigrant experience. Ages 9-12. (July)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This story is based on Hesse's great-aunt Lucy's own experiences. In 1919, Rifka, 12, and her family flee Russia but Rifka has contracted scalp ringworm and is detained in Belgium where she must undergo treatment while the others are allowed to emigrate to the U.S. This is a coming of age story with a strong, intelligent, undaunted heroine. Later, her detainment on Ellis Island allows her to develop compassion for someone she considers an enemy. Told in letter format to her cousin Tovah, the spare style is powerful. Don't miss this!
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7Refused passage in 1919 because she has ringworm, a young Jewish girl from Russia battles supercilious officials and yards of red tape before she is finally reunited with her family in America. Historical fiction with a memorable heroine, a vivid sense of place, and a happily-ever-after ending. (Aug. 1992)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780725577
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Pages: 148
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Hesse calls Letters from Rifka "a gift to my grandparents and to my heritage, and to people like Rifka who have made the passage between two worlds." Ms Hesse is also the author of Wish on a Unicorn and the forthcoming Lester's Dog and Lavender.

Karen Hesse lives in Williamsville, Vermont, with her husband, Randy, and her daughters, Kate and Rachel.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    Very good book, highly recomend

    Rifka is a 12 year old girl, fleeing from Russia to go to America where 3 of her older brothers await. Rifka goes through many challenges on her journey, from embaressing checks by doctors, to having to leave her family and go to Belgium for her ringworm to cure. She befriends a teenage boy when on a ship to Ellis Island and he gets thrown off the ship in a terrible storm. It is deffinitly not an easy travel to America but it is worth it when she finally makes it. Letters From Rifka would be suitable for ages 9-13. I am 13 myself and enjoyed it very much. I highly recommend this book to everyone who finds it :)

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

    I loved this book alot.

    I read Letters from Rifka it is intended for the age group 9-12 because it has some violence in it. In my opinion I think this is a very interesting book. I recommend it to everyone. There are some parts in this book that I would not recommend to the younger kids. I think the age group should be 10-15 because it's very vulgar.
    My criterion on this book is great I really loved it read it in the 5th grade and fell in love with it. To me this book teaches a lesson about how sometimes you have to give up something to gain something else. Some of the main points in this book were when Rifka was on the train to Poland and braided a young woman's hair and got ringworm, a quote from the book is," Her head stank. Strands of hair clustered in oily clumps. Most terrible, though, were big round sores all over her scalp." Another main point in this book is when they tell Rifka that she has to stay and let her ringworm heal before they can send her to America
    In my was very detailed and very interesting. When you think that they can't go into any more details they do. I honestly don't think there are any books that I can compare this too. opinion I think that this book achieved all of its goals and purpose. It
    In conclusion this book is a 9-12 age of book and has very violent details in it. It is a very interesting book and I recommend it to everyone.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2007

    Outstandingly Great!!!

    Are you ever bored in reading an educational book? Well, there are some that can just blow your minds , like, Letters From Rifka!! It is a facinating book and YOU WILL NEVER WANT TO PUT IT DOWN!! If you had ever had literacy cicles before, you can tell your teacher that you wouls like to read it sometime! Or if you were studying immigrants at Ellis Island that came all the way from Europe, you really sould read this book. It helps you understand a 13 year old girl's perspective from the 1800's, on a ship when she gets sick! You sould read this book if you like gloomy, kind of sad and even exciting or happy stories!! I hope you enjoy reading Letters From Rifka!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Anonymous on anonymous

    This book is amazing! I started to cry at some parts. It was the best book ive ever read. I love the bravery and confidence in rifka. She is definitly inspirational. I reccomend this book to the ages of 10 and up because their is a little violence.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    An remarkable book

    I read this book when I was in grade school and still to this day this is one of my favorite books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Beas Bea Best book ever



    I couldnt put the book down

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Inspirational

    Very inspirational!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Zoey

    I think rifka should not gone neer that girl with the babby:(

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Tap

    It had me in tyrs so many times!!!I highly reccomend this book for all ages

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    This is a VERY good book. I seem to like documentary books.... I

    This is a VERY good book. I seem to like documentary books.... I had to
    read this one because I was in Reading Olympics, though I enjoyed this
    book the most out of all of them I read so far. It was really great, and
    at the ending I was very happy! (Very good ending) You could read this
    book easily in about a good 3 hours. About 20-30 pages in, your totally
    hooked and you can't stop reading! It's a very good book, and in a few
    years, if I see it on the library book shelf again, I probably will grab
    it and read it again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    it is the best book in the whole world!

    I never wanted to stop reading. Even parents will like it. I recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2010

    Book review for Letters from Rifka

    "I have never been in another country before not even another village" says Rifka. Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse is and exciting journey to America through a young girl Rifka's letters to her cousin. Because of World War 2 the journey becomes very dangerous and life threatening, especially when Rifka gets ringworm and has to stay behind while her family goes on ahead to America. Will she ever make it to the place she always dreamed of going to? Anyone who enjoys a kind hearted, courageous character like Rifka is bound to love the book Letters from Rifka. I really enjoyed reading this book because of the quality traits in the main character Rifka. It is an interesting, adventurous well written book. I think anyone could read this book and enjoy it no matter what their age is.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Amazing And Extremely Absorbing

    This book grabs you and doesn't let go until you have already read the first 15 letters in 10 minutes. It's so fun to read and great for all ages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 1999

    A touching story for upper elementary and up

    This story has it all: adventure, suspense, hope, sadness, and joy, all in a realistic historic setting that teaches as well as entertains. The author uses an imaginative writing style to show how much can be accomplished when one is determined and brave. A truly remarkable book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2014

    So good

    Coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Tap here for book club

    Hey i'm making a online book club and you have to be around age 10 and in 4th grade to be part of it so if you want to join to read this book add me with my email wich is jheovaniemikouanya@yahoo.frthis is going to be the second time reading it only if i make a book club.so hope you join.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    To feb.8

    She caught ring worm from the woman with the baby on the train

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    I read this at school!

    I read this in fourth grade and i loved it!! A bit graphic tho and im only ten so parts were scary for me.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    If you do not like this book you do not know what you are talking about

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    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Help answer me please someone

    I read it very enjoyable but i dont understand the part with her hair what dies it have to do with her anyways

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