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Title:
Homesick, my own story
Author:
Fritz, Jean.
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Publication Information:
New York : Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1999.

©1982
Physical Description:
163 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
Summary:
The author's fictionalized version, though all the events are true, of her childhood in China in the 1920's.
General Note:
"PaperStar"
Language:
English
Reading Level:
860 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.1 6.0 118.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.5 9 Quiz: 05312 Guided reading level: X.
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ISBN:
9780698117822
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Book

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The accolades speak for themselves:"Fritz draws the readers into scenes from her youth in the turbulent China of the mid-twenties. One comes to appreciate the generous affection of her nurse/companion Lin Nai-Nai, the isolating distance in her mother's grief over losing a second child, the dynamics of a suffering population venting its hostility on foreigners, and most of all, the loneliness of a child's exile from a homeland she has imagined constantly but never seen....A remarkable blend of truth and storytelling." -- Booklist , starred review"An insightful memory's-eye-view of her childhood...Young Jean is a strong character, and many of her reactions to people and events are timeless and universal." -- School Library Journal , starred review"Told with an abundance of humor--sometimes wry, sometimes mischievous and irreverent--the story is vibrant with atmosphere, personalities, and a palpable sense of place." -- The Horn Book "Every now and then a book comes along that makes me want to send a valentine to its author. Homesick is such a book....Pungent and delicious." -- Katherine Paterson, The Washington Post


Author Notes

Jean Fritz was born in Hankow, China on November 16, 1915. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Wheaton College in 1937. She wrote picture books and historical fiction before focusing on historical nonfiction. Her first book, Bunny Hopewell's First Spring, was published in 1954. Her other books included And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?; Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?; Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?; Shh! We're Writing the Constitution; Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold; Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?; Who's That Stepping on Plymouth Rock?; The Double Life of Pocahontas; and George Washington's Mother.

Homesick: My Own Story, a collection of linked narratives, traces her life from her girlhood in China to her longed-for yet uneasy passage to America. It won a National Book Award and was named a Newbery Honor Book. She received the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association, the National Humanities Medal, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature for her body of work. She died on May 14, 2017 at the age of 101.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

An autobiographical story of Fritz's early life in China, where she lived as an only child of a missionary father, and her dreams of moving to America to discover her roots. The humorous and childlike anecdotes, the rich descriptions of the Chinese culture, and the underlying theme of belonging provide a unique experience in reading.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Fritz's Newbery Honor-winning memoir of growing up during a turbulent time in China's history is "rich in the telling observations of sights, sounds and people," said PW. Ages 8-12. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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