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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. “Hesse’s vivacious tale colorfully and convincingly refreshes the immigrant experience.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review “Based largely on the memories of the author’s great-aunt, this historical novel has a plot, characters, and style that will make it an often-requested choice from young readers. A vivid, memorable, and involving reading experience.” - School Library Journal, Starred Review
ISBN-10: 007826006X
ISBN-13: 9780078260063
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  • unicorn-017Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 2:40 pm
    it was amazing
    • sniper-monkey7
      sniper-monkey7Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 11:48 am55 stars
      • xpertreader
        xpertreaderWednesday, June 4, 2014 at 10:40 am
        Letters from rifka is a great suspenseful book the part where rifka is trying to get to America it's very cool
        • brownie_forever
          brownie_foreverFriday, March 28, 2014 at 9:31 am55 stars
          BEST BOOK its about the Nazis and it's really sad and so loving i think people who care about their family should definitely read this!
          • rageandl0v
            rageandl0vSaturday, June 1, 2013 at 6:16 pm55 stars
            This book may look a little boring, but it is one of the best books I've ever read! Rifka dreams of one thing: to leave her awful home in Berdichev and immigrate to America where she will live a beautiful, free life. But right when her hopes had risen to their highest point yet, one good deed may prevent her from doing that. Her family is free to go to America, but Rifka is left in Poland, where she may never see her family again! Again, this book is amazing.