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Letters from Rifka Paperback – January 6, 2009

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“Hesse's vivacious tale colorfully and convincingly refreshes the immigrant experience.” ―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Told with unusual grace and simplicity, an unforgettable picture of immigrant courage, ingenuity, and perseverance.” ―Pointer, Kirkus Reviews

“What especially raises it above docu-novel is the emerging sense of Rifka's personality. Bald from the ringworm, poor and needy, she proves she's no greenhorn; she has a gift for languages, she's brave and clever, and if she talks too much, so be it.” ―Booklist

“Based largely on the memories of the author's great-aunt, this historical novel has a plot, characters, and style that will make it an often-requested choice from young readers. A vivid, memorable, and involving reading experience.” ―School Library Journal, Starred Review

About the Author

Karen Hesse is the author of many books for young people, including Out of the Dust, winner of the Newbery Medal, Letters from Rifka, Brooklyn Bridge, Phoenix Rising, Sable and Lavender. In addition to the Newbery, she has received honors including the Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Award, the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” Award and the Christopher Award, and was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. Born in Baltimore, Hesse graduated from the University of Maryland. She and her husband Randy live in Vermont.

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  • Lexile measure : 660L
  • Grade level : 5 - 9
  • Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
  • Paperback : 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0312535619
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0312535612
  • Dimensions : 5.15 x 0.46 x 7.7 inches
  • Publisher : Square Fish; First edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Reading level : 10 - 14 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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