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Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
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May 16, 2010

really liked it
Read in May, 2010

** spoiler alert ** A very sweet read. I re-read this book obsessively when I was about ten. It's astonishing to me how short it actually is! But it's a lovely book, a wonderful heart-wrenching story about a girl and her family escaping from Russia to America after WWI, and the trials and tribulations the girl goes through before she gets to start her new life in New York.

I think the way I know a young adult/children's lit book is good is when I re-read it as an adult and find it emotionally moving. When Rifka is at Ellis Island and she sees her family for the first time in a year--including the three brothers she has never met--I had tears in my eyes.

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