Gr 4-8-It is 1870 and 13-year-old Dina leaves Germany to immigrate to Brooklyn and live with her Aunt Barbara, Uncle Lucas, and older sister in this novel by Patricia Giff Reilly (Wendy Lamb Books, 2004). In Germany, she worked at her family's dressmaking business and hated it, although she was a very talented dressmaker. When she leaves Germany, she looks forward to a life free of sewing. But upon her arrival in Brooklyn, she discovers that she is expected to be a seamstress. Uncle is very strict and terribly overworked. The family struggles to make ends meet, and Dina begrudgingly begins her work as a seamstress. She finds that she has a passion for making hats, something that will lead to a successful future. At a nearby tailor shop, she meets a young German boy named Johann and they become friends. When a smallpox epidemic strikes, Dina nurses Aunt Barbara and her baby back to health. At first Dina is so homesick that she wants to earn enough money to return to Germany, but in the end she stays and her family joins her in Brooklyn. Blair Brown is a marvelous narrator, effectively conveying Dina's stubbornness, the Uncle's exasperation, and Barbara's kindness. Pacing is superb. The author reads the afterword, explaining that the story is based on events in her ancestors' lives. She also tells listeners what eventually happened to the story's characters. This novel deals with a dilemma facing immigrants and belongs in library collections for middle school readers.-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.