Dear Emma

Product Number: 13968
Released: Feb 13, 2003
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780060298401
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When 12-year-old Dossi Rabinowitz returns home to bustling 1910 New York City after spending a quiet summer with a Vermont farm family, nearly everything in her life has changed. In a series of letters to her new friends in Vermont, Dossi relates all the joys and sorrows of a year in New York. From the excitement of a new niece to the terror of a factory fire, Dossi learns that to accept and appreciate all life has to offer, she must look inside herself for strength and understanding.

Professional reviews

"In a follow-up to FARAWAY SUMMER, 12-year old Jewish immigrant Dossi Rabinowitz writes to her new Vermont farm friend, Emma, sharing moments from one eventful year in New York's Lower East Side. These include trying to adjust to life with a new brother-in-law (her sister has recently married), worrying about the little girls in her building, being sick with diphtheria, and mourning the loss of friends when a sweatshop filled with immigrant women (the famous Triangle Shirt Waist Factory) burns down. The low-key style and slow pace of the story may put off some; unfortunately Barbara McCulloh's stiff, formal narration doesn't help. Nevertheless, Dossi's wise reflections and vivid depictions of time and place make this a rewarding read. E.S. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"

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