Meet Rebecca (American Girl Collection Series: Rebecca #1)

Meet Rebecca (American Girl Collection Series: Rebecca #1)

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by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
     
 

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Rebecca Rubin longs to be the center of attention, but it's not easy in a family of five children! When mysterious cousin Max, the actor, tells her the secret to pleasing an audience, Rebecca can hardly wait to try it out. Then she learns that her young cousin Ana and her family are in danger--they must escape Russia and come to America. Rebecca decides to raise… See more details below

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Rebecca Rubin longs to be the center of attention, but it's not easy in a family of five children! When mysterious cousin Max, the actor, tells her the secret to pleasing an audience, Rebecca can hardly wait to try it out. Then she learns that her young cousin Ana and her family are in danger--they must escape Russia and come to America. Rebecca decides to raise money for their passage by putting on a show right in her New York City neighborhood-until her disapproving grandmother steps in. Unexpectedly, Rebecca finds another way to earn money. But she knows that for her plan to work, she'll have to keep it a secret.

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Publishers Weekly

Rebecca Rubin, a brand-new American Girl, is a nine-year-old Jewish girl growing up in 1914 New York, with aspirations to become an actress. When Rebecca learns of her relatives' struggle to gain passage to America from Russia, she wants to help and, after secretly earning some money, she is faced with a difficult moral choice. American Girl fans should find Rebecca's story compelling and will enjoy the glimpse they're given into this chapter of immigration history. A concluding section provides additional historical information as well as a glossary including some Yiddish, Hebrew and other terms. Ages 8-up.(May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Children's Literature - Candice Ransom
The year is 1914; the setting is New York's East Side. Rebecca Rubin longs for the spotlight, a position that is hard to attain in a family with five children. Her fourteen-year-old twin sisters always light the candles on Shabbos. Victor is nearly thirteen and studying for his Bar Mitzvah. Benny is the youngest and the pet, and Beckie? She wants to go on the stage like her Uncle Max, but no one will take her dreams seriously. The first of six titles in a new "American Girl" series, Meet Rebecca is peopled with stiff characters and "filler" dialogue designed to dump information on the reader. True to the "American Girl" format, the book opens with a double-spread of the characters and concludes with a lengthy section about Jewish immigrants, their culture, and the difficulties they faced, and a glossary of Yiddish terms. A teaser chapter from the next book entices the reader to continue the series. Fans of "American Girl" dolls and books will enjoy the latest offering. Readers who prefer their historical fiction not watered down will turn to better books. Reviewer: Candice Ransom

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593695200
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Series:
American Girl Collection Series: Rebecca, #1
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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