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

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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 ...
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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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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
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  • Posted October 5, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    One of the best of the American Girl Historical series.

    Rebecca is a fascinating character, dealing with jealousy of her older sisters, becoming a real American, while not compromising the traditions and beliefs of her family. She makes decisions after much soul-searching and does the right thing, even though it is not whatr is expected. Her chutspah is shown through each book as she grows in character from a girl who is thinking about others. The books are rich in the life of Jewish families who have come to America to find a better life. Jaqueline Dembar Greene has brought life on the Lower East Side of New York in 1914-15. All the girls who have read this book love this character and period. Well done!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2009

    A wonderful story for Rebecca

    I was thrilled to see a new American Girl that is Jewish and living in a very interesting time in American history. I myself am not Jewish, but I've always had a great admiration of the religion and culture. Meet Rebecca is a wonderful way to introduce this unique AG character. Like all the AG girls, Rebecca is smart and resourceful. She is also family-oriented and someone who loves to try new things and have new experiences. This is a great book to give a young girl, whether she is Jewish or not, to foster a love of history and reading.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Anoymus

    Love this book!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Cool

    I dont think this is cool i think it is awsome i love american girl books

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    It is a good sample.

    It was a pretty good sample. I want to read on because it sounds like Rebeca is exicetd and happy that her cousin is coming. It was also a good sample because it actally gives you a nice sample that telling you ehat the story is about and if you'll like it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2009

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    One Of American Girls Best

    My daughter loved this book. I read it and loved it,also.What's not to love? This book was exceptionally well researched and flowed well.So,adults,it's okay for you to read this book,too.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Rebecca

    It is such a cool book and i am a huge fan of american girl books. And i love her name( it is my name to)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    It is a good book.....

    It's a good book but Meet Kanani is way more better

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Awsome

    This is a good book! I love this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Rebecca Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have rebecca the doll and book i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry im crazy!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    G

    Good book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Rebecca

    i have the book on my nook and in real life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Candice Ransom should be ashamed of her biased review if it in f

    Candice Ransom should be ashamed of her biased review if it in fact is due to a confilct of interest (Boxcar series) and not her actual opinion- only she knows. Yes, Jewish immigrants had morals which to Northern liberals' world view would make them seem stiff and predictable. "Filler" dialogue designed to dump information on the reader- this is also called historical perspective which is a wonderful way for homeschoolers to build an understanding of what has made America great.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Suck my booty

    Ohyea

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Meet Rebecca

    It taught people about Israel. She was from Israel so they had the Sabbath and Passover.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    CLIK HERE!!!!!!!!

    AWESOME BOOK EVEN THOUGH IT IS ABOUT A JEWISH FAMILY STILL AWESOME

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Gteat book!

    Great book! But read thr other american gifl books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Tap Me!!!!!!!!!!! (If you are a girl)

    I am writing a story about 2 girls named Elaine and Rose. Meet me at meet Kit. Call me Emma.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Si la fre rebbeca la

    Moi is french i re fre la sue. Bonjour! Sa la te o ma! Great book thank moi a fre ra!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Mini book

    This book is good butt the mini book that comes with the ag school set is realy bad butt i advise u to buy the book

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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