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Home at Last: Sofia's Immigrant Diary (Sofia's Immigrant Diary #2)

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Kathryn Lasky brings readers the second installment of Sofia's Ellis Island Diary, depicting Sofia's move to the North End of Boston and her first steps as a new American.

After her dramatic release from quarantine and reunion with her family, Sofia moves to the North End of Boston, where the Monaris start their new lives in their new country. While her parents struggle to
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Scholastic Press
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I didn't read the first book but from what I can tell Sofia gets reunited with her family after her awful experience on Ellis Island. She misses the friend she made, Maureen O'Malley. Sofia is italian and Maureen is Irish, which means they could barely talk to each other when they first met but they formed a special bond during their time there. Sofia is now in the North end of Boston and Maureen is in Brooklyn, New York.
Soon after, Sofia begins school and she knows quite a bit of English thanks
Nine-year-old Sofia has finally been reunited with her family after a month in quarantine on Ellis Island, and now they have traveled to Boston to build their new life in America. Sofia's father finds a job in a grocery store, and Sofia begins attending school. She enjoys learning English and making new friends, although she misses her best friend from quarantine, Maureen, whose family has settled in New York City. Sofia describes in her diary her life over seven months as her family adjusts to ...more
This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.
Melissa Wells
I loved the message the author was trying to convey and the book is great for young people but it's not for adult readers...Obviously....
The second part in this Dear America series on Sofia finds Sofia at home in Boston with her family as they began to establish themselves.
I feel so bad for Sofia and her freind.
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Kathryn Lasky is the American author of many critically acclaimed books, including several Dear America books, several Royal Diaries books, 1984 Newbery Honor winning Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her latest book, Guardians of Ga'Hoole Book 15: The War of the Ember, was released on November 1, 2008. Guardians of Gahoo ...more
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