One Foot Ashore

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One Foot Ashore is Maria's story--how she is separated from her sister, how she gets away from her captors, stows away aboard a ship bound for Amsterdam, and begins her search for her parents and Isobel.

Arriving alone and destitute in Amsterdam in the spring of 1654, sixteen-year-old Maria Ben Lazar finds refuge and friendship in the household of the artist Rembrandt and continues to pursue her desperate search for her parents and ...

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Overview

One Foot Ashore is Maria's story--how she is separated from her sister, how she gets away from her captors, stows away aboard a ship bound for Amsterdam, and begins her search for her parents and Isobel.

Arriving alone and destitute in Amsterdam in the spring of 1654, sixteen-year-old Maria Ben Lazar finds refuge and friendship in the household of the artist Rembrandt and continues to pursue her desperate search for her parents and her younger sister. Sequel to "Out Of Many Waters."

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Children's Literature
In this sequel to Out of Many Waters, Maria and her sister Isobel escape from Catholic Monks who kidnapped them and dozens of other Jewish children during the Portuguese Inquisition in the 1600s. During their escape, Maria and Isobel must separate (Out of Many Waters follows Isobel's dramatic experiences). Maria stows herself on a boat headed for Amsterdam. Once there, the famous Dutch artist Rembrandt gives her a job and a place to live and helps her look for her family. As she adjusts to her new life in Amsterdam, Maria continues her desperate search for her parents and her sister. Effective historical fiction, this novel not only provides authentic information about life in 17th century Europe but also creates compelling characters. 2000 (orig. 1994), Walker & Company, $16.95 and $8.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Rebecca Joseph
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Gr 5-8-A fitting sequel to Out of Many Waters (Walker, 1988), in which Maria and Isobel Ben Lazar, Portuguese Jews, are kidnapped during the Inquisition and sent to Brazil where they are forced into years of service at a monastery. That book sees the girls escape, and separate, and tells of Isobel's journey; One Foot Ashore is Maria's tale. The older girl tries to feel confident that her plan to stow away on different ships headed for the Netherlands was correct, but she constantly worries about her younger sister. Adventure and history are intertwined in this engrossing story that illuminates an often neglected period of history for young people. Maria, a strong, resourceful 16-year-old, is driven by a determination to be reunited with her family. She manages to stay hidden on the ship and to survive the ocean crossing. Readers are made aware of Maria's inner thoughts through her convenient interaction and conversations with a baby rat who becomes her pet and companion. Once in Amsterdam, her connection with Rembrandt, the Dutch artist, and his family adds another dimension to the story. There is much that is contrived here. It becomes obvious that Maria will be led to her parents, and it is no surprise that the sailor she meets will have knowledge of Isobel's fate. Nonetheless this remains an absorbing read.-Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
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“Exemplifies the best of historical fiction, providing a real sense of the times, a plausible plot, and authentic characters.”—Horn Book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595396276
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/25/2006
  • Pages: 212
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.48 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Dembar Greene is the award-winning author of some 20 books and short stories for young readers. She has written picture books, historical novels, and non-fiction books. She is also a photographer, and some of her photos illustrate her non-fiction stories and books.

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