The Memory Coat by Elvira Woodruff

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In the early 1900s, two cousins leave their Russian shtetl with the rest of their family to come to America, hopeful that they will all pass the dreaded inspection at Ellis Island.

About Elvira Woodruff

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The bestselling author of GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SOCKS and THE RAVENMASTER'S SECRET, Woodruff has written more than twenty books for children, including picture books, historical fiction, and lighthearted fantasy. Her numerous school visits each year are popular with kids and teachers. The sequel to GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SOCKS, GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SPY, will be published in November 2010. She lives with her family in Martin's Creek, Pennsylvania.
Published March 1, 1999 by Scholastic Press. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Through the experiences of two children, Rachel and her orphaned cousin Grisha, readers learn why Russian-Jewish families fled to America for refuge at the turn of the century, the arduous 14-day journey they faced on the ocean, and the critical physical inspections that occurred at Ellis Island ...

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Grisha misses his parents terribly, though he finds comfort in playing storytelling games with Rachel (""they were the best of friends"") and in wearing the now-ragged coat sewn by his mother.

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