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The Length of a String
The Length of a String | Elissa Brent Weissman
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Imani is adopted, and she's ready to search for her birth parents. But when she discovers the diary her Jewish great-grandmother wrote chronicling her escape from Holocaust-era Europe, Imani begins to see family in a new way. Imani knows exactly what she wants as her big bat mitzvah gift: to find her birth parents. She loves her family and her Jewish community in Baltimore, but she has always wondered where she came from, especially since she's black and almost everyone she knows is white. Then her mom's grandmother--Imani's great-grandma Anna--passes away, and Imani discovers an old journal among her books. It's Anna's diary from 1941, the year she was twelve and fled Nazi-occupied Luxembourg alone, sent by her parents to seek refuge in Brooklyn, New York. Anna's diary records her journey to America and her new life with an adoptive family of her own. And as Imani reads the diary, she begins to see her family, and her place in it, in a whole new way.
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Daisey
The Length of a String | Elissa Brent Weissman
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“It was her real life, Imani,” she said apologetically. “It‘s not some book we read in school with, like, symbols and themes. She didn‘t have to end with any closure.”

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Daisey
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This book weaves together the story of Imani, an African American girl adopted by a Jewish family, with her great grandmother Anna‘s story of leaving Luxembourg to live with a couple in New York City in 1941. I enjoyed the way the diary made the past real to Imani and also helped her better understand her own adoption. It is a wonderful combination of historical fiction and the reality of family as more than genetics.

#TRS2019 #MiddleGrade

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Daisey
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I settled in for a little bit of cozy reading this evening with Gandalf. This story alternates between the perspective of an adopted Jewish girl in the present and her great grandmother‘s diary from 1941.

Branwen Your kitty is lovely and your mug is awesome! 😁😻💕 1mo
Crazeedi Sounds good! 1mo
sprainedbrain Is that gorgeous kitty named Gandalf? 😻 1mo
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Daisey @Branwen Thank you! 1mo
Daisey @Crazeedi The book is great so far, but I also don‘t want to say too much until I get further. 1mo
sprainedbrain @Daisey Love that! We had a cat with a different name years ago that always sat on the stairs and wouldn‘t let the other cats past him. We started calling him Gandalf and there were lots of ‘you shall not pass!‘ jokes. 😂 1mo
Daisey @sprainedbrain What a great story! 1mo
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There was a lot going on in this book. Adopted black daughter of Jewish parents preparing for her Bat Mitzvah finds her recently-deceased great-grandmother‘s diary and begins a search for what happened to her family during the Holocaust while simultaneously trying to find a way to tell her mom she wants to search for her biological parents. The alternating present day and historical storylines was right up my alley.

#MiddleGradeMay

tammysue Love that cover! :) 9mo
megnews @whatshesreadingnow that‘s what made me check it out! 9mo
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I want to join you for #MiddleGradeMay. My first two books shown.

sblbooks Oh Good! I haven't heard of these two. The textbook sounds interesting I added it to my TBR. I look forward to seeing what else you read. 9mo
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