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Take Me with You Hardcover – March 23, 2010
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Imagine Susanna's surprise when Sister Anna calls her into her office one day and tells her that she's received a letter from a man who may be her father. An American sailor, he is on a "tour of duty." Will he come soon? Pina, too, is in for a surprise, when she discovers that her mother is indeed alive, and living in right there in Naples. Whose parent will show up? Will the two friends have to abandon one another? Will both girls find the loving families they deserve?
This bittersweet tale of two Italian orphans will capture the hearts of middle-grade readers, particularly girls who are drawn to orphan stories. Marsden captures for young readers the atmosphere of the Italian orphanage, with its (mostly) kindly black-garbed nuns who drag the girls around Naples to sing for funerals and teach them to crochet blankets, which are sold to support the orphanage. Life is not all drudgery, however, with outings to the movies and to the beach also described.Read more ›
The girls then each receive some shocking news. An American sends a letter asking about Susanna, who he thinks may be his daughter. Susanna is thrilled and terrified at the same time, and burning with questions. Why did he take so long to find her? Who is her mother, and what happened to her? Will he take her with him to make a family? But if he does, then she would have to leave Pina.
Meanwhile, Susanna overhears the nuns talking, and it turns out that Pina has a mother living in the city. Questions plague her as well. If her mother is alive, why is Pina in an orphanage? Doesn't she love her? Who is her father? The best friends decide to help each other find their path to their families and fulfill their dreams of being loved.
Carolyn Marsden has written quite a few books for young people and has won her fair share of awards. TAKE ME WITH YOU, a captivating story with a solid core, is sure to be another winner. Marsden excels at beautiful yet simple descriptions that really capture her ideas perfectly ("She struggled to sort through her feelings, but they were as tangled as the noodles in a pot of spaghetti.").Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was really interested in the book until I kept seeing how the two were compared. The "pretty blond" and the mulatto, as if it were a bad thing, or as if she wasnt as pretty. Read morePublished on August 9, 2012 by Pen Name
I bought this book for my ten year old because it tells a story about two ten year old orphan girls waiting to be adopted after world war II in the city of Naples , Italy. Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by Silveyra-silveyra