It's 1910, and Raisa, a young girl with a disturbing past travels out to New York in hope of finding her sister, Henda.
It's 1910, and Raisa, a young girl with a disturbing past travels out to New York in hope of finding her sister, Henda. While traveling, she teams up with a friendly girl named Zusa, and they become the best of friends. Eventually, the pair stumble across a helpless little girl named Brina on the ship. Raisa ends up taking Brina on her quest of finding Henda, and things take an unusual turn.
Instead of living happily ever after with her sister, Brina and Raisa wind up at the Kamensky's place. While Raisa and her friends work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, Brina stays at home, and Raisa continues the search for her sister. Everything seems to be going well enough, until a fire starts at the factory, and everything changes… including Raisa's whole life, and what happens next is a mystery of hope and hardship.
This book was truly touching, and the author, Esther Friesner, has a way of delivering the wild plot full of emotion like no other. Though the beginning was a bit confusing, it played out nicely in the end, and everything fell into place
.I especially liked this book because it had a unique and interesting storyline, and it differentiated from the usual historical fiction stories out there. I recommend this book for girls and boys ages 12 and up, because there is romance for the girls, and the down-to-earth hardships and reality of a foreigner's life for the boys.