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Children's LiteratureIn this entry in the series "Jamestown's American Portraits," a 14-year-old immigrant's family from Italy settles in New York City where old-fashioned Italian traditions collide with more modern American ways. The biggest issue is education and what happens when Angelina's parents tell her that she must stop going to school and start working full-time in a sweat shop. Angelina feels independent because she is making a living, and yet her family controls her pay check as well as her life. She seeks out new and old friends to help her adjust to this new world, but obstacles keep happening that cause her to make tough decisions. Now growing up is even harder then she thought it would be. Angelina comes to us as a young and naïve girl with her whole life ahead of her, yet the reader does not feel an emotional attachment to Angelina. We should feel outrage at the family when Angelina's sleep is disturbed at night by their renter. Why does no one in the family—including her two brothers that sleep in the same room with this man—know that Angelina is being bothered? The author tells the story without really showing us how it feels to be Angelina. In this book, the reader will learn about the life in New York City in the late 1880s, when times were tough for immigrants coming over to America—but they will not see the true picture, because character growth has been stunted to make the story into a quick read. 2004, Waterbird Books, Ages 8 to 12.