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Giff, Patricia Reilly.
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2004.
IL 3-6
ISBN 0385908792

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Going to America?  No, this can't be true.  Dina's older sister is supposed to be the one going.  That was before Dina got into trouble with the soldiers.  And now Dina is going to New York City.  Her dream had always been to escape the drudgery of her mother's sewing shop.  She just knows when she gets to the uncle's house in America that there will be no more sewing for her.  She will live a life of luxury.  But life in Brooklyn in the 1870s is not as she imagines.  And worse than anything is the sight of the sewing machine in the uncle's small apartment.  The rug under it is worn almost through -- a sure sign of the many hours of work done on that old machine.  And Dina is the one expected to use it.  She makes up her mind then and there to find a way to earn her passage back to Germany and her family.  If she must sew, she would be happier back home.  What will life hold for 13-year-old Dina?

Booktalk #2

Dina hates sewing. She learned the tailoring trade from her family in  Germany and dreams of another life. When she is mistaken for a spy in  Germany , she must flee to  America . Her dreams of a beautiful life in the new world are dimmed when she finds she will be sewing in another house of tailors poorer than the one she left behind. Dina slowly adapts to life in  America and shows much bravery and talent along the way. Read about Dina’s new life and dreams in 1870’s  Brooklyn ,  New York .(New Hampshire Great Stone Face 2007)

SUBJECTS:     Emigration and immigration -- Fiction.
                        German Americans -- Fiction.
                        Sewing -- Fiction.
                        Uncles -- Fiction.
                        Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.


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