Immigrants to the U.S.
Auch, Mary Jane - Ashes
of Roses - 1911
Margaret Rose, newly arrived from Ireland, finds a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist
Factory shortly before the infamous shop fire that killed 146 workers. 250p.
Avi - Escape
from Home - 1851
Three children meet up on the road to Liverpool, the departure
point for ships bound for America. Maura and Patrick are fleeing
the potato famine in Ireland and Laurence, the son of an English
lord, is running away from an abusive home. They team up to
help each other accomplish their goal—escape to America.
Yep, Laurence - The
Journal of Wong-Ming Chung: A Chinese Miner - 1896
A Chinese boy, nicknamed Runt, travels from China to California
to join his uncle during the California gold rush. 219p.
Durbin, William - The
Journal of Otto Peltonen: A Finnish Immigrant - 1905
Otto describes his travels from Finland to America, where he
joins his father in a dreary iron mining community in Minnesota
and becomes involved in a union fight for better working conditions.
Lasky, Kathryn - Dreams
in the Golden Country - 1903
Zippy, a Jewish immigrant from Russia, keeps a diary account
of her family's life on the Lower East Side of New York.
Giff, Patricia Reilly - Nory
Ryan's Song - 1845
Nory's quiet life ends when her family's potato
crop fails. Facing the horrors of homelessness and starvation,
Nory helps her family survive the Irish potato famine and pins
her hopes on escaping to America. 148p.
Gundisch, Karin - How
I Became an American - 1902
Johann's family makes the long ocean voyage from Austria-Hungry
to America where they join his father, already working in the
Ohio steel mills, and struggle to make new lives as Americans.
Hesse, Karen - Letters
from Rifka - 1919
In letters to her cousin, Rifka describes her family's
flight from Russia in 1919. Due to a case of ringworm, Rifka
must stay behind by herself in Belgium while the rest of her
family travels on to America. She will only be allowed to join
them if her condition is cured. 148p.
Lasky, Kathryn - Hope
in My Heart - 1903
After her family immigrates to America from Italy, Sofia is
quarantined at the Ellis Island Immigration Station, where
she makes a good friend but must endure terrible conditions
and endless waiting. 106p.
Mayerson, Evelyn Wilde - The Cat Who Escaped from Steerage
Living in the steerage section of a steamship bound for America,
Chanah tries to hide the cat she has snuck on board. 66p.
Nixon, Joan Lowery - Land
of Hope - 1902
Rebekah, a Jewish Russian immigrant, and her family arrive
in America and discover that the streets of New York are not
paved in gold. She fears that she will have to give up her
dream of becoming a teacher when she must work seven days a
week in a sweat shop to help her family. 171p.
Pastore, Clare - Fiona
McGilray's Story: A Voyage
from Ireland in 1849 - 1849
Fiona and her brother immigrate to Boston to escape the Irish
potato famine and must establish a new life for themselves
in this strange new country. 182p.
Schneider, Mical - Annie
Quinn in America - 1847
To escape the Irish potato famine, Annie and her brother emigrate
to New York where they join their older sister and work as
servants to earn money to bring the rest of their family to
Prepared by S. Pemberton, July 2004