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Letters from Rifka
Contributor(s): Hesse, Karen (Author)

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ISBN: 0312535619     ISBN-13: 9780312535612
Publisher: Square Fish
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2009

Annotation: A deeply felt, deeply personal story of immigration from beloved Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse.
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BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Religious - Jewish
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 10-14
Grade Level: 5-9
Lexile Measure: 660(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.6" H x 5.1" W x 7.6" (0.30 lbs) 148 pages
- Religious Orientation - Jewish
Features: Ikids, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian
Awards: Phoenix Award, Winner, Children's Literature, 2012
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 8533
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 4.0
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Publisher Description:
""America," the girl repeated. "What will you do there?""I will do everything there," I answered."
Rifka knows nothing about America when she flees from Russia with her family in 1919. But she dreams she will at last be safe from the Russian soldiers and their harsh treatment of the Jews in the new country. Throughout her journey, Rifka carries with her a cherished volume of poetry by Alexander Pushkin. In it, she records her observations and experiences in the form of letters to her beloved cousin she has left behind. Strong-hearted and determined, Rifka must endure a great deal: humiliating examinations by doctors and soldiers, deadly typhus, separation from all she has ever known and loved, murderous storms at sea--and as if this is not enough, the loss of her glorious golden hair. And even if she does make it to America, she's not sure America will have her.

Contributor Bio(s): Hesse, Karen: - Karen Hesse is the author of many books for young people, including Out of the Dust, winner of the Newbery Medal, Letters from Rifka, Brooklyn Bridge, Phoenix Rising, Sable and Lavender. In addition to the Newbery, she has received honors including the Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award, the MacArthur Fellowship "Genius" Award and the Christopher Award, and was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. Born in Baltimore, Hesse graduated from the University of Maryland. She and her husband Randy live in Vermont.
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