Rodzina Clara Jadwiga Anastazya Brodski is the new face in Karen Cushman's gallery of unforgettable heroines. One of a group of orphans, 12-year-old Rodzina boards a train on a cold day in March 1881. She's reluctant to leave Chicago, the only home she can remember, and she knows there's no substitute for the family she has lost. She expects to be adopted and turned into a slave—or worse, not to be adopted at all.
My Bookshelves: 19th Century America: You may enjoy reading the books I read while researching the times in which Rodzina lived. You may also find them helpful for your own writing.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
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REVIEWS“Engaging characters, a vivid setting, and a prickly but endearing heroine... first-person narrative captures... personality and spirit...poignancy, humor.” (School Library Journal, starred review)
"A natural for American history or social studies classes...especially interesting as a women's history title...a great story." (Booklist, starred review)
"Rodzina is prickly, stubborn, and heart-sore but she's also honest, likable and smart...Enough unpredictability to nicely unsettle expectations." (The Horn Book)