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9780618133512

Rodzina

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  • ISBN13:

    9780618133512

  • ISBN10:

    0618133518

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-03-20
  • Publisher: Clarion Books

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Summary

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 slaveor worse, not to be adopted at all.As the train rattles westward, Rodzina unwittingly begins to develop attachments to her fellow travelers, even the frosty orphan guardian, and to accept the idea that there might be good homes for orphansmaybe even for a big, combative Polish girl. But no placement seems right for the formidable Rodzina, and she cleverly finds a way out of one bad situation after another, until at last she finds the family that is right for her.Once again, Karen Cushman brings us a compelling story that is thoroughly researched, full of memorable characters, and told with wry humor and keen observation by an absolutely captivating narrator. Afterword.

Author Biography

Karen Cushman was born in Chicago, Illinois and lives now on Vashon Island west of Seattle, Washington. She received an M.A. in human behavior and one in museum studies. Ms. Cushman has had a lifelong interest in history. She says, "I grew tired of hearing about kings, princes, generals, presidents. I wanted to know what ordinary life was like for ordinary young people in other times." Research into medieval English history and culture led to the writing of her first two novels, the Newbery Honor book CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY and the Newbery Medal-winner THE MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE. She is also the author of MATILDA BONE, THE BALLAD OF LUCY WHIPPLE and, most recently, RODZINA.

Table of Contents

Chicago, 1881
1(20)
Somewhere in Illinois or Iowa
20(12)
Omaha
32(14)
Grand Island
46(21)
Western Nebraska
67(18)
Cheyenne
85(16)
The Prairie East of Cheyenne
101(19)
Wyoming Territory
120(18)
A Thousand Miles from Omaha
138(12)
Ogden, Utah Territory
150(16)
Nevada
166(10)
Virginia City
176(16)
California
192(13)
Pronunciation Guide 205(2)
Author's Note 207

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