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Rachel's Hope
By author: Shelly Sanders
Selling Points: "American history, refugees, trailblazing women"
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: Sep/15/2014
Pages: 288
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $12.95
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Rachel, a young Jewish woman from a small town in Russia, has made an incredible journey. Forced to leave her homeland because of the anti-Semitic violence that killed her father, she has made her way across land and sea to find refuge in Shanghai, China. Separated from her sweetheart, Sergei—a Christian who stayed behind to make his way in revolutionary Russia—Rachel finally gets to America—to California—where she won’t let anything stop her from achieving her goal of starting a new life—not poverty, not the great California earthquake. She meets and is inspired by women’s vote activists Emma Goldman and Anna Strunsky. When Rachel and Sergei are finally reunited, they realize that they have grown to have different dreams of what it means to be free. This is the final book in the Rachel Trilogy.
CM Magazine - September 26, 2014
"Like the first two books in the series, [Rachel's Hope]...delivers an exciting plot, an ambitious historical context, and engaging, complex characters...Set in an era of great upheaval, social change and of such extreme significance for students today, this novel, this trilogy, is an ideal basis for inquiry based learning. Students will inevitably want to know more about the events and characters that form the backdrop of the Rachel trilogy. Highly Recommended."

Awards

Sydney Taylor Award Notable Book for Teens, commended  US  2015
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2015


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