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Land of Dreams (Ellis Island #3)

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Swedish immigrant Kristin Swensen lives on a farm in Minnesota. She hoped for a new life in America, but she realizes that her parents are clinging as closely as possible to the life they knew in Sweden. Kristin can’t accept coming all this way only to re-create what she left behind. She longs to speak English and help the cause of women’s rights. Her parents, however, wan ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published November 27th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1994)
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Kristin along with her family move to America. Originally from Sweden, Kristin looks forward to starting a new life here. She is a bit homesick and misses her grandmother, but she's heard so much about America and the freedom that woman have here. Kristin wants that for herself.

But her parents don't really understand her. They want to sew well and be a good cook and get married to start a family. Kristin might want this too, eventually, but she wants it to be her choice, not her parents.

And it s
Carolyn Poppell
Sep 27, 2014 Carolyn Poppell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens+
Land of Dreams was a great book and I could barely put it down. It appealed to me because it held new beginnings, a belief in freedom, and a little bit of romance. Kristin has just moved to America with her family and is trying to get settle in as well as express the freedom she hears America allows people to have. This book tells a story of how she comes to accept the way of life through trail and error and how to live with the results. It's an enjoyable read.
Tanya Diehl
This book was very nicely written and interesting. It tells the story of a Swedish immigrant who comes to America. She is very independant and is passionate about women's equality. Her parents attempt to arrange a marriage for her and while she does like the boy, she wants to have her own choice. This book didn't seems preachy and it was written so you were learning about the time period without even knowing it! This is a great book that belongs to a series. It should be recommended reading for ...more
Miss Amanda
gr 4-9 150pgs

1902 Great Rock Lake Minnesota. 16 year old Kristin misses Sweden, but is determined to embrace her new life in America. She wants to speak English all the time and find out more about the struggle for women's rights. Her parents are not so eager for change and encourage Kristin to act like a lady. How can Kristin make her parents understand her dream to one day live in a city?

A coming of age story with a surprise ending. Continues Kristin's story that started in Land of Hope.
Very simplistic writing at times and others sounds like (bland) history book text has been inserted, though it's done through dialogue it's not done naturally. I enjoyed Land of Hope and Land of Promise more, I could get into the emotion and trials of their characters.
Jacob Koplik
It was a great book with a very interesting plot.
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Author of more than one hundred books, Joan Lowery Nixon is the only writer to have won four Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Juvenile Mysteries (and been nominated several other times) from the Mystery Writers of America. Creating contemporary teenage characters who have both a personal problem and a mystery to solve, Nixon captured the attention of legions of teenage readers since the publication of h ...more
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  • Land of Promise (Ellis Island, #2)

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