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Hope In My Heart: Sofia's Immigrant Diary (Sofia's Immigrant Diary #1)

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In Book One of Sofia's Ellis Island Diary, renowned author Kathryn Lasky tells the story of Sofia Monari's arrival in America from Italy.

When Sofia and her family arrive in Ellis Island after a long and difficult journey from Italy, a cruel twist of fate separates Sofia from her parents and sends her into "quarantine." There, in a state-run hopsital, she and her new friend
Mass Market Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Scholastic Press
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Aug 31, 2008 rated it liked it
A nice read for 3rd/4th grade girls. You learn a bit about history and difficulties that immigrants to the USA may have encountered when they arrived.
Katie Barton
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: done
The book hope in my heart is an ok book; the book is about a girl and her family immigrating to America. There is a little girl named Sofia, she is the narrator in the book. Her and her family are coming to America and they go on the ship and did is long and everyone got sea sick, but as they got close they would look for the statue of liberty because they new that is the first thing they would see as they entered Ellis Island. When they got to Ellis Island her family passed the inspections but ...more
This book is part of the “My America” series and a three-book story about an immigrant child from Italy who writes in her diary as she experiences arrival at Ellis Island. She documents her separation from her family, the loss of her immigration papers, being quarantined after being accused of harboring a contagious disease, and all of the other traumatic and hopeful situations that came along with many immigrants' journeys to America.
Looking for a better life with her family, Sofia, 9 years ol
Fatima A
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a spoiler review. It's about a girl named Sophia who comes from Italy, and imagrates to the United States. She passed every one of the rooms but except Medical. They think she has an eye disease, but really what happened was she was looking at the Statue of Liberty, when a ash from the torch, flew into her eye. She was separated from her family and sent to quarinteen. She was there for weeks. There was a man named Mr. Joe. He got yelled at by "mean nurse" for not knowing how to open a ba ...more
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nine-year-old Sofia Monari and her family have left Italy and traveled to America in hopes of finding a better life. But on Ellis Island, their trouble begins. Sofia is suspected of having a contagious disease and is separated from her family and sent to live in quarantine. There, she finds nightmarish conditions and longs to be reunited with her parents, sister, and brothers. As the weeks go by, she wonders if she will be trapped in quarantine forever, even though she was never sick to begin wi ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sofia and her family are coming to America from Italy in 1903. The story is mainly, though, about her time on Ellis Island. The story tells about how immigrants were checked by doctors and could be kept out of the country temporarily for some ailment, or even refused admission altogether and returned to whatever country they came from.

It's also a story about graft and corruption on Ellis Island, and how the doctors, nurses and others managed to bilk the immigrants of their money and even stole
Part of the "My America" series, this simple diary-style chapter book is told from the point of view of a 9-year-old Italian immigrant child in 1903. She is falsely detained at Ellis Island for having Trachoma, the eye disease so feared in immigrants. She is sent to the hospital for quarantine and later realizes that her records have been "lost." In the end a kindly priest help her and her friends get off the island, but not before tragedy strikes.

Historical notes on immigration and Ellis Island
Oct 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 22, 2011 rated it liked it
a young italian girl meets a young irish girl in the quarantine at ellis island at the immigration bubble of the turn of the last century. although this is a young adult fiction, themes such as corruption of officials, kindnesses of strangers and adventures of young people in a new land make for informative reading for any age
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A truly touching story about a young girl who immigrates from Italy to America. Along the way she gets seperated from her family on Ellis Island, gets stuck in a hospital, and put in the hands of a mean nurse who will do anything to make her pateint's live's miserable.
Mar 18, 2010 rated it liked it
This was a cute book in Junior Fiction about a 9-yr old girl immigrating to the US.
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
It was a pretty good book, but since it was written for younger kids, it was a really easy read!
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I like how it's written like a diary. And she makes a friend when in quarantine.
Caroline Nichols
An inspiring read
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have always loved My America and Dear America books. This is about a little girl named Sopia who travels from Italy on a ship to America and is detained on Ellis Island for no reason.
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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 was born June 24, 1944, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Massachusetts.

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