Happy Sock Sunday! This week, I’m featuring The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman. I’m really excited to read this book because I’ve met this author a few times and have read one of her books that I really love The Short Seller. I first met Mrs. Weissman when I was in the 2nd grade at a local event and then again when I was in the 3rd grade when she visited my Girl Scout Troop (see picture below).
Anyways, I can’t wait to read this book. I will be reading it during my summer break and will do a review of it. May has always been my busiest month, between lacrosse, dance, blogging, and end of the school year commitments my schedule has been pretty rough, so I’m putting reading on hold–temporarily until summer!
Imani is adopted, and she’s ready to search for her birth parents. But when she discovers the diary her Jewish great-grandmother wrote chronicling her escape from Holocaust-era Europe, Imani begins to see family in a new way.
Imani knows exactly what she wants as her big bat mitzvah gift: to find her birth parents. She loves her family and her Jewish community in Baltimore, but she has always wondered where she came from, especially since she’s black and almost everyone she knows is white. Then her mom’s grandmother–Imani’s great-grandma Anna–passes away, and Imani discovers an old journal among her books. It’s Anna’s diary from 1941, the year she was twelve and fled Nazi-occupied Luxembourg alone, sent by her parents to seek refuge in Brooklyn, New York. Anna’s diary records her journey to America and her new life with an adoptive family of her own. And as Imani reads the diary, she begins to see her family, and her place in it, in a whole new way.
November 2013 – Elissa Brent Weissman & Me