Synopses & Reviews
Rebecca Rubin longs to be the center of attention, but it's not easy in a family of five children When mysterious cousin Max, the actor, tells her the secret to pleasing an audience, Rebecca can hardly wait to try it out. Then she learns that her young cousin Ana and her family are in danger--they must escape Russia and come to America. Rebecca decides to raise money for their passage by putting on a show right in her New York City neighborhood-until her disapproving grandmother steps in. Unexpectedly, Rebecca finds another way to earn money. But she knows that for her plan to work, she'll have to keep it a secret.
"Rebecca Rubin, a brand-new American Girl, is a nine-year-old Jewish girl growing up in 1914 New York, with aspirations to become an actress. When Rebecca learns of her relatives' struggle to gain passage to America from Russia, she wants to help and, after secretly earning some money, she is faced with a difficult moral choice. American Girl fans should find Rebecca's story compelling and will enjoy the glimpse they're given into this chapter of immigration history. A concluding section provides additional historical information as well as a glossary including some Yiddish, Hebrew and other terms. Ages 8 up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Rebecca Rubin is a lively nine-year-old girl growing up in a big Jewish family in New York in 1914. She dreams of becoming an actress, but her parents and grandparents have traditional ideas and don't think young ladies should perform. When Rebecca learns that her cousins in Russia are in great danger and must escape to America, she puts on a show to raise money--until her disapproving grandmother steps in. Unexpectedly, Rebecca finds another way to earn money. But for her plan to work, she'll have to keep it a secret. Includes an illustrated "Looking Back" essay about Jewish immigration and culture.