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Life on Ellis Island
Rebman, Renée C., 1961-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Lucent Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
95 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Discusses life on Ellis Island, including detainment and deportation of immigrants, daily activities, the development of the immigration station, its role in the formation of the great melting pot of America, and the later years.
Reading Level:
1170 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.3 4.0 43788.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.5 7 Quiz: 20686 Guided reading level: NR.
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JV6484 .R42 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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More than 12 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island immigration station in New York Harbor, which operated as a small dry contained within itself. The immigrant's experiences of heartache, disappointment, and triumph are an indelible part of our nation's history.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-A well-organized and thorough account of this historic landmark. The introduction provides background information concerning immigration to America and conveys the immigrants' feelings of confusion, sadness, and hope. Chapters focus on topics such as detainment and deportation, food and entertainment, and aid societies and services. The numerous firsthand accounts range from dismal to uplifting. While some immigrants recalled overcrowding, endless delays, and painful medical practices, others reminisced about the Kissing Post and island marriages. Rebman's straightforward, objective presentation successfully balances both the positive and negative aspects of the Ellis Island experience. In addition, the author details the island's role as an immigration center to its abandonment and eventual restoration. Black-and-white photos relate a sense of the bewilderment and wonder that many of these new arrivals felt.-Laura Glaser, Euless Junior High School, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.