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learn a new (foreign) language, deal with a persistant stalker, maintain one's mental ability to endure separation from family and friends and (all the while) keep an inner and outer strength consistent and forcible on days where bread and tea sufficed as a meal, then STALKED is an historical fiction book you must read.
Rikke, the star of the book, is an engaging and extremely likeable 15 year-old girl who's changing circumstance takes her on the adventure of a lifetime. Great for middle-grade kids, boys or girls, and just as great for young adults and adults, I found myself wanting to read chapter after chapter, without a moment to lose! The story begins with excitement and it continues through the very end, tantalizing the reading for more. I'd say a follow-up book to this one isn't a bad idea at all.
Kristiana Gregory is a wonderful writer, with many (exceptionally written) books to her credit. STALKED is another one of those classic and enduring stories, one that is historically accurate, convincing and lovable. What a great book for schools, book reports, libraries and home libraries.
STALKED is a fantstic book; one that I highly recommend.
When arriving at Ellis Island in 1911, all Rikke has are fifteen dollars and the sewing skills she has worked to learn. When the ocean wind blows her dollars overboard, Rikke finds herself dependent on the kindness of strangers and her real adventure begins...
Through a combination of third person narrative and Rikke's letters to family and friends, we see an impeccably researched immigrant story of loyalty, love, and desperation unfold through Rikke's eyes: the friends she makes from a melting pot of nationalities, the job she finds working as a seamstress, she younger sister she adopts from negligent parents, the impact of the Titanic crash on the families in New York who were awaiting their loved ones on the ship, and Rikke's growing awareness that she is being stalked by her "chaperone" from the ship ride to America.
Through these events, Rikke must learn to count on herself, her own skills and ingenuity, to survive and find her way back to her family. Indeed it is her very own craft, her sewing, that enables Rikke to pull herself up stitch by stitch and make a life for herself in early century New York. From start to finish, Stalked is a well crafted and suspenseful story in which all of the threads are woven shimmeringly into place.
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Falsely accused of theft, Rikke Svendsen is banished from Denmark. Separated from her mother and younger brothers, Rikke boards a ship to travel to America. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Leah E Good
Author Kristiana Gregory has spun an elaborate tale in her most recent book, Stalked. This story of a fifteen year old Danish immigrant has readers quickly immersed in suspense as... Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by Literary Classics Book Reviews