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The Resource My America, Book one, Sofia's immigrant diary | Hope in my heart, by Kathryn Lasky

My America, Book one, Sofia's immigrant diary | Hope in my heart, by Kathryn Lasky

Label
My America, Book one, Sofia's immigrant diary | Hope in my heart
Title
My America
Title number
Book one
Title part
  • Sofia's immigrant diary
  • Hope in my heart
Statement of responsibility
by Kathryn Lasky
Title variation
  • My America
  • Sofia's immigrant diary,
  • Hope in my heart
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
After her family immigrates to America from Italy in 1903, ten-year-old Sofia is quarantined at the Ellis Island Immigration Station, where she makes a good friend but endures nightmarish conditions. Includes historical notes
Member of
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Review
  • Reviewed with Kathryn Lasky's Home at Last.Gr. 3-6. An Italian immigrant child writes her diary in these two small books that are part of the My America series. Hope in My Heart is the most dramatic. After the family finally arrives at Ellis Island, nine-year-old Sofia is separated from her parents and quarantined. Terrified, angry, and knowing almost no English, she is at the mercy of officials and doctors, some of whom are prejudiced and corrupt. Only her friendship with an Irish girl and the support of a kind official and a priest make her life bearable, until her heartfelt reunion with her family. Home at Last is a conventional account of Italian Americans who struggle and eventually make it in the North End community of Boston. A teacher makes a huge difference, as does a doctor, whose character is based on a real person, Lasky's husband's grandfather. As is often the case with books in this series, the diary format is an awkward contrivance, but it certainly makes the tale more immediate. A historical note and archival photos add to the story. -- Hazel Rochman (BookList, 12-15-2003, p751)
  • (The following is a combined review for Home at Last: Sofia's Immigrant Diary and Hope in My Heart: Sofia's Immigrant Diary. Bk. #1) Gr 3-4 –In Hope in My Heart , nine-year-old Sofia and her family arrive in America from Italy in 1903. The child is immediately put in quarantine on Ellis Island, where she remains throughout the book. In Home , Sofia finally settles with her family in Boston, eventually adjusting to her new life. Language and writing style in the protagonist's brief, readable diary entries flow smoothly from one to another. Each story ends with notes about the setting. Good choices for historical fiction fans, including reluctant readers.–Krista Tokarz, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH --Krista Tokarz (Reviewed February 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 2, p116)
  • Nine million immigrants came to the US between 1880 and 1900, and this entry in the My America series is the fictional diary of one such immigrant: nine-year-old Sofia Monari, from Italy. When Sofia's grandparents die and the family farm goes to her father's oldest brother, as was custom, the family decides to come to America. Lasky creates a character and tells the story, personal and anecdotal, of one girl's journey. Lasky's polished writing captures the thoughts and feelings of a young girl, sticking mostly to such telling details as throw-up buckets, a mysterious stowaway, a dead mouse in a coffee cup, tortellini dreams, mean nurses, and kind friends. Like one in five immigrants, Sofia is quarantined on Ellis Island and separated from her family. After much loneliness, she finds a new friend in Maureen O'Malley and is helped by Father Finnegan to reunite with her family. Book Two, Home in My Heart (ISBN: 0-439-44963-4), continues Sofia's story and the move to Boston, where the Monaris create a life for themselves in America. Hopkinson's Shutting Out the Sky (p. 1175) makes a good nonfiction companion. (historical note) (Fiction. 7-10) (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2003)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
123134
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lasky, Kathryn
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 630L
  • Decoding demand: 86 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 99 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 92 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 87 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 4
Reading level
4.6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
  • Dear America
  • My America
  • Sofia's immigrant diary
Series volume
bk. 1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ellis Island Immigration Station (N.Y. and N.J.)
  • Ellis Island Immigration Station (N.Y. and N.J.)
  • Immigrants
  • Italian Americans
  • Diaries
  • United States
  • New York (N.Y.)
Target audience
juvenile
Label
My America, Book one, Sofia's immigrant diary | Hope in my heart, by Kathryn Lasky
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/schol051/2002044558.html
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Sequel: Home at last
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
488879
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
106 pages
Isbn
9780439188753
Lccn
2002044558
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780439188753
  • (OCoLC)51304101
Label
My America, Book one, Sofia's immigrant diary | Hope in my heart, by Kathryn Lasky
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/schol051/2002044558.html
Publication
Copyright
Note
Sequel: Home at last
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
488879
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
106 pages
Isbn
9780439188753
Lccn
2002044558
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780439188753
  • (OCoLC)51304101

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