This is a beautifully written and moving story of ten year-old Sarah who travels alone from Piliki in Russia to New York in 1891. Based on a true story, we follow Sarah as she leaves her homeland and everything she has known to go and live with an aunt she has never met. Her adventures, losses and new friendships are described in a realistic and credible way, although there are many unexpected twists and turns. Sarah is a courageous and sympathetic heroine and I would thoroughly recommend this book to readers of all ages.
A little gem. A fragment of social history, ostensibly written for children but, set as it is some five generations ago, its poignancy reaches out to adult readers as well. Jose Patterson is a gifted and unpretentious story-teller. What greater praise?
"Very passionately written. A gripping story that keeps you hooked until the very last page. Sarah, the heroine, is a brave, intelligent and caring character and I would love to read more about her adventure" Olivia, age 11