Cover image for One foot ashore
Title:
One foot ashore
Author:
Greene, Jacqueline Dembar.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Walker, [1994]

©1994
Physical Description:
xi, 196 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Arriving alone and destitute in Amsterdam in the spring of 1654, sixteen-year-old Maria Ben Lazar finds refuge and friendship in the household of the artist Rembrandt and continues to pursue her desperate search for her parents and her younger sister. Sequel to "Out Of Many Waters."
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.1 8.0 60439.
ISBN:
9780802782816
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Item Holds
Searching...
X Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Searching...
Searching...
FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

Arriving alone and destitute in Amsterdam in the spring of 1654, sixteen-year-old Maria Ben Lazar finds refuge and friendship in the household of the artist Rembrandt and continues to pursue her desperate search for her parents and her younger sister. Sequel to Out Of Many Waters.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. Kidnapped from their Portuguese home and taken to work in a Brazilian monastery in the mid 1600s, Maria and her younger sister, Isobel, stow away on separate boats headed for Amsterdam. In Out of Many Waters (1988), Greene told Isobel Ben Lazar's story. This companion novel follows Maria during the same period. The beginning of the book relates Maria's experi~ences as a stowaway--hiding, stealing food, and befriending a family of rats. Once in Amsterdam, she's taken into the household of Rembrandt, who employs her to help his wife run the household. He also introduces her to his friends in the Jewish community, and they help Maria find her parents. Greene creates a concrete, convincing sense of the time and place. Even the risky introduction of Rembrandt as a character is handled so skillfully that he emerges as a complex character rather than a wooden figure of reverence. Maria's love for her pet rat Domingo adds a very personal dimension to the story. An intriguing historical novel that will lead to requests for sequels, since it ends with Maria and her parents embarking on the voyage that will reunite them with Isobel in New Amsterdam--if all goes well. Readers who have come to care about the characters will want to follow them to the New World. ~--Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-A fitting sequel to Out of Many Waters (Walker, 1988), in which Maria and Isobel Ben Lazar, Portuguese Jews, are kidnapped during the Inquisition and sent to Brazil where they are forced into years of service at a monastery. That book sees the girls escape, and separate, and tells of Isobel's journey; One Foot Ashore is Maria's tale. The older girl tries to feel confident that her plan to stow away on different ships headed for the Netherlands was correct, but she constantly worries about her younger sister. Adventure and history are intertwined in this engrossing story that illuminates an often neglected period of history for young people. Maria, a strong, resourceful 16-year-old, is driven by a determination to be reunited with her family. She manages to stay hidden on the ship and to survive the ocean crossing. Readers are made aware of Maria's inner thoughts through her convenient interaction and conversations with a baby rat who becomes her pet and companion. Once in Amsterdam, her connection with Rembrandt, the Dutch artist, and his family adds another dimension to the story. There is much that is contrived here. It becomes obvious that Maria will be led to her parents, and it is no surprise that the sailor she meets will have knowledge of Isobel's fate. Nonetheless this remains an absorbing read.-Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.