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Her Mother's Secret

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Sarah, the daughter of Jewish immigrants, wants nothing more than to become an artist. But as she spreads her wings she must come to terms with the secrets that her family is only beginning to share with her. Replete with historical details that vividly evoke the Chicago of the 1890s, this moving coming-of-age story is set against the backdrop of a ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published December 15th 2012 by Allium Press
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Lisa
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read YA novels, but I'm glad that I read this one. This historical novel takes place in Chicago in the 189o's around the time of the World's Fair which enthralled the people of Chicago at a time when life was hard and there were few distractions.

Sarah Goldman, who is 15 years old and a Jewish immigrant, feels that her mother rejects her while loving her 17 year old sister Fanny and four year old brother Sammy. Feeling unattractive and unlovable, Sarah leans on her father for love
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Snickerdoodle
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A historical novel based loosely on the authors aunt's life. Chicago immigrants around the time of the worlds fair. A good glimpse into the time period and a touching story of a girls life, her family and friends.
Mary Beth
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it

The neighborhood of Jane Addams' Hull House provides the background for 15-year-old Sarah and her immigrant family on the eve of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Family tension revolves around Sarah's dream of becoming an artist, her restless older sister Fanny and her fragile younger brother Sammy. The experiences of Sarah's parents in Russia connect the generations and threaten to unravel their relationships in America. The friends and neighbors, whose lives intersect with the family, gives the
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Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Liked it. I wish there would have been more about Hull House though; those were the most interesting parts.
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