"No other historian has given us more voices from children in difficult circumstances than Emmy Werner. In this wonderful book, she takes us to the American entrepots of Ellis Island and Angel Island and introduces us to the many children who came from around the world to the United States in the past century and one half, alone or with their families. We can see the new world from their perspectives. At a time when children are moving more than ever to strange places, Werner's book gives us a much needed historical chapter that shows how children view these changes and how they learn to cope."
“Memory and migration merge in this study that explores the oral reminiscences of the elderly as they reflect on a dramatic moment in their childhood: that of passing through one of America’s strictest immigrant control stations, Ellis or Angel Island. With this book, Emmy Werner makes a valuable contribution to the study of childhood.”