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"Drawing from historical events, Watts (Clay Man: The Golem of Prague) addresses European anti-Semitism, immigrant life, and labor rights in early 20th-century New York City. Miriam and her Jewish family were attacked by the Cossacks in their hometown of Kiev, Russia, and they foresee trouble from Kaiser Wilhelm after they relocate to East Berlin. Miriam's father works all hours as a tailor to buy tickets to America, the 'Golden Land,' but the trip will separate the family. He arrives first and writes encouraging letters back. Fourteen-year-old Miriam follows in 1910, sent on the arduous two-week boat ride alone because of her baby sister's delicate health and her brother's stubborn unwillingness to leave. Miriam finds work with the unscrupulous Shirtwaist Kings, briefly enjoying new friends and freedoms, only to be struck down by disaster. Watts offers a scrupulously researched portrayal of the Triangle Waist Company fire and the conditions that led to the tragedy. Her descriptions of the threats and hurdles endured by those who left the familiar behind to immigrate to America are polished, candid, and faithful to Jewish history. Ages 10 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Born in Germany, Irene N. Watts is a playwright and author who has worked throughout Canada and Europe. She has published many award-winning books for children, including Good-bye Marianne, Finding Sophie, Remember Me, Clay May: The Golem of Prague, and No Moon. Her books have been translated into several languages, including Italian, French, and Dutch. Irene N. Watts lives in Vancouver. Visit her website at www.irenenwatts.com. The author lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781770495241
Author:
Watts, Irene N.
Publisher:
Tundra Books (NY)
Author:
Irene N.Watts
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.53 x 5.41 x 0.83 in 0.675 lb
Age Level:
from 10 up to 14

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Children's » Historical Fiction » Europe
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Children's » Historical Fiction » Holocaust
Children's » Historical Fiction » United States » 20th Century
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Product details 208 pages Tundra Books (NY) - English 9781770495241 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Drawing from historical events, Watts (Clay Man: The Golem of Prague) addresses European anti-Semitism, immigrant life, and labor rights in early 20th-century New York City. Miriam and her Jewish family were attacked by the Cossacks in their hometown of Kiev, Russia, and they foresee trouble from Kaiser Wilhelm after they relocate to East Berlin. Miriam's father works all hours as a tailor to buy tickets to America, the 'Golden Land,' but the trip will separate the family. He arrives first and writes encouraging letters back. Fourteen-year-old Miriam follows in 1910, sent on the arduous two-week boat ride alone because of her baby sister's delicate health and her brother's stubborn unwillingness to leave. Miriam finds work with the unscrupulous Shirtwaist Kings, briefly enjoying new friends and freedoms, only to be struck down by disaster. Watts offers a scrupulously researched portrayal of the Triangle Waist Company fire and the conditions that led to the tragedy. Her descriptions of the threats and hurdles endured by those who left the familiar behind to immigrate to America are polished, candid, and faithful to Jewish history. Ages 10 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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