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Annie's Promise Paperback – May 1, 1996

5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Journey to America Series

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From Publishers Weekly

The conclusion to Levitin's series about the Platt family, German Jewish refugees, is a "solidly crafted novel," said PW in a starred review, "as inviting as its predecessors, Journey to America and Silver Days." Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-- The end of World War II forms the backdrop for this third book about the Platt family. The chronicle began with Journey to America (Aladdin, 1987), which told of the family's escape from Nazi Germany. In Silver Days (Atheneum, 1989), the middle daughter, Lisa, describes the family's difficulties in assimilating into American life. Here Annie, 13, continues their tale in a realistic, honest coming-of-age story. Readers will be immediately drawn to this likable heroine whose sensitivity and intelligence are keenly felt. Levitin juxtaposes the family's problems with Annie's need to become more independent and "American." When a school guidance counselor offers her the chance to go to a Quaker summer camp, she is thrilled, but she worries that her parents will not let her go. To her surprise, they agree. After normal newcomer's jitters and homesickness, she becomes a star camper and befriends a black girl whose background is totally different from her own. Annie's candor throughout is refreshing, and though some things do work out happily for her, there are frustrations, disappointments, and disillusionments as well. A novel that promises and delivers. --Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689804407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689804403
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,958,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Before reading this I had already read the two prequels,"Journey to America" and "Silver Days". They toldthe story of the Platt family secretly immigrating to the US - Mama, Papa, bossy Ruth, lovable Lisa, and little and cute Annie who is to, put it bluntly, the baby of the family and everyone knows it. So I picked up this book imagining it was just another Levitin book. WAS I WRONG! I read the back cover seeing "Annie Platt, twelve years old", and immediately thought to myself, "That's little baby Annie my age!" So I read it and to this day I still love it, a great book and it's great to see what her big sisters are up to also - Ruth a nurse like she wanted to be and Lisa a worker. Great book. Read it.
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Format: Hardcover
Annie has two older sisters and a mother and father. She, unlike her sisters, is a total tomboy. She wants to go to summer camp so she can learn to ride horses and meet new people. At the camp, Quaker Pines, she knows no one a first. On the way there she meets Tallahassee a new friend and an older boy named John Wright. When she arrives at the camp she meets a girl named Nancy Rae who hates her before she knows her. From there on Annie tries to solve problems that keep on coming.
I loved this book. I liked it because this book is full of suspense and drama. I would say it is a book more for young girls, over the age of eleven, but I am sure boys would like it just as much. I also liked it because it was about a girl my age. I found out what it was like for her in 1945, in America, during and after World War II. My friend also commented that she loved this book also. I strongly recommend this book, especially if you like drama!
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Format: Paperback
I liked this book because I'm interested in WWII history and I like horses. I enjoyed reading about Annie's struggles and joys -her struggles for independance, her friends, (especially Tally, who seems like a really good friend) her days at summer camp, and the way everything turns out neatly in the end despite her parent's predjudices and strict ways. However, there was one place where the author erred, and that was in regards to Annie's age in the book. If you read the first book in the series, Journey to America, you'll see that Annie turned four in 1938, the year the series began. At the beginning of Annie's Promise, set in the summer of 1945, Annie says that she's nearly 13, but if the chronological order was correct, she should be 11. Otherwise, this is a great story! I would happily recommend it.
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By A Customer on November 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was a very good book indeed. The setting is very important in this book. It takes place right after WW2 ended. The setting is important because if the setting were different, the whole plot would probably be different. If it took place now, Tally and Annie wouldnt be discriminated.
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