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Author: Weissman, Elissa Brent
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers/ Penguin random House
Year Published: 2018
ISBN: 9780735229471
Grades: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9

The Length of a String

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Award-winning author of middle grade novels, Elissa Brent Weissman, tells a unique story in two voices, deftly connecting the past with the present, weaving together a holocaust story with a current day adoption tale. The two points of view are shared by twelve-year olds:  Imani, the black adopted daughter of Jewish parents, and her great-grandmother Anna, who was sent to America in 1941 to escape Nazi-occupied Luxembourg. Upon the death of Anna, and on the cusp of her bat mitzvah, Imani discovers Anna’s diary, written as a series of letters to the twin sister she left behind, recording the arduous trip to Brooklyn, and her adoption there. Imani’s search for her own past parallels Anna’s own search for a new life in a compelling story that proves that family is tied together by more than blood, with love and faith from friends, family and strangers helping to knit us together. This masterfully told tale of family love, World War II history, and a surprising but very satisfying conclusion, will encourage middle school readers to explore the journeys of their ancestors.

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