Saturday, April 10, 2010


by Patricia Reilly Giff
pages 148
Synopsis taken from Barnes and Noble:
SEWING! NO ONE could hate it more than Dina Kirk. Endless tiny stitches, button holes, darts. Since she was tiny, she’s worked in her family’s dressmaking business, where the sewing machine is a cranky member of the family.When 13-year-old Dina leaves her small town in Germany to join her uncle’s family in Brooklyn, she turns her back on sewing. Never again! But looking for a job leads her right back to the sewing machine. Why did she ever leave home? Here she is, still with a needle and thread—and homesick to boot. She didn’t know she could be this homesick, but she didn’t know she could be so brave either, as she is standing up to an epidemic or a fire. She didn’t know she could grow so close to her new family or to Johann, the young man from the tailor’s shop. And she didn’t know that sewing would reveal her own wonderful talent—and her future.
My Thoughts:
What a wonderful little book. Short and sweet- filled with many tender moments.
I fell in love with Dina and her determination. Her actions and strength left my eyes filled with tears throughout the story. I would recommend this story to readers 11 and up.

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