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3.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 5 3.73 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Reilly Giff Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9781400090556
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SEWING! NO ONE could hate it more than Dina Kirk. 

Endless tiny stitches, button holes, darts. Since she was tiny, she’s worked in her family’s dressmaking business, where the sewing machine is a cranky member of the family.

When 13-year-old Dina leaves her small town in Germany to join her uncle’s family in Brooklyn, she turns her back on sewing. Never again! But looking for a job leads her right back to the sewing machine. Why did she ever leave home? Here she is, still with a needle and thread—and homesick to boot. 

She didn’t know she could be this homesick, but she didn’t know she could be so brave either, as she is standing up to an epidemic or a fire. She didn’t know she could grow so close to her new family or to Johann, the young man from the tailor’s shop. And she didn’t know that sewing would reveal her own wonderful talent—and her future. 

In Dina, the beloved writer Patricia Reilly Giff has created one of her most engaging and vital heroines. Readers will enjoy seeing 1870s Brooklyn through Dina’s eyes, and share her excitement as she discovers a new world.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 2/20/2014

    " It's interesting Patricia Giff's books, since common themes run through them - family, embracing a skill, friendship found in different and unexpected places. I felt as I was reading it, however, that it was too closely linked to her other books. I could see how struggling readers would grasp onto these books since the themes are so evident. I felt this was more "challenging" than Pictures of Hollis Woods, but only because of the historical context and kids need to understand WWII and the social implications to really grasp this text. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 2/12/2014

    " It didn't really grab me. I know the protagonist was a young girl, but I kept wanting to reach into the book and slap her because she kept doing dumb things and getting into serious trouble. I hate it when the plot only moves along because one of or multiple characters does stupid things and has to fix and or deal with them. This was one of those books where I had no empathy with the main character. I couldn't enjoy it, so I didn't finish it. It was written well though, hence the 3 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 2/12/2014

    " Germany 1870. A young girl is accused of being a French spy (she's not) and is sent to America to prevent being captured. She has a talent for sewing but hopes to leave that all behind when she moves in with her uncle and family in New York. But he is a tailor also and she must sew to make a living. Eventually she comes to terms with her new country and her gift. A decent read. Like many immigrant stories, this one is loosely based on the author's relatives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 2/11/2014

    " A girl discovers her talent hidden in an activity she had done all her life and hates(sewing). This book is a good one for helping young people think about their talents and how they can find work that they have a passion for. It is also great for its historical perspective on being a struggling immigrant just before the turn of the century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 2/10/2014

    " An interesting but quick read of a coming to age story of a 13 year old girls set in 1870 during the Prussian War. She ends up leaving Germany for America. I liked it, but I would have really liked it with more detail. I think a lot was left out because the author was retelling a family story and didn't want to add too much. Still was an interesting setting for a story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simone | 1/18/2014

    " This book was really good! I spent like three hours at a time listening to it on book on tape! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 1/15/2014

    " Another nice little historic ficiton piece about immigrants and adjusting to American life in the nineteenth century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/16/2013

    " this was a fun, light read. I love her style of writing, nice way to unwind. I liked the fact that this book was based on a true story of the author's ancestors. this book makes you grateful for the luxurious life we all live! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Wollenberg | 11/26/2013

    " I have always loved Giff as a young adults' author. this book had an interesting story and was very well written. a cute book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 10/23/2013

    " Excellent depiction of what it was like for a German immigrant to NYC in 1871. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 10/22/2013

    " One of the new Sunshine State Readers "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 10/15/2013

    " This was a quick, enjoyable read. It illustrates how as we journey through life even difficult times become important to us, and we often would not choose to return to the easier times because of what we have learned from the difficulties. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruthie | 4/13/2013

    " Excellent. Patricia Reilly Giff is becoming one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Paladin | 8/18/2012

    " This MG (middle grade reader) is a very quick read. Not too much information in historical facts but a nice story of a young German girl during the war who is sent to USA to live with relatives. Historical Fiction by the author who built upon familial facts from the era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/31/2012

    " Good story for 5/6 graders "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annabelle | 4/1/2012

    " LOOOOOOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! Remarkable. Fantastic. Well-written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bells | 8/22/2011

    " Great immigration book! My class loved it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 7/31/2011

    " This is a great story about using the talents that one is given to succeed. It was interesting to discover what parts of the story actually happened to the author's great grandmother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 4/22/2011

    " Really enjoyed the characters in her story. Well written, maybe predictable, but still heartwarming and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malory | 3/31/2011

    " This book was a good way to tell how your life would probably be in the times of the war and how you were sometimes forced to do things you realy didn't want to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 2/10/2011

    " A cool immigrant story (a girl comes from Germany to New York) with good characters and lots of cultural and historical info weaved in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/1/2011

    " Good story for 5/6 graders "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie | 8/28/2010

    " Sweet young adult fiction. A little reminiscent of a Tree Grows in Brooklyn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 8/19/2010

    " I read it in 3rd grade and still in love with it :);) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bells | 4/7/2010

    " Great immigration book! My class loved it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/26/2010

    " This was a cute little book about the dreams of coming to America, but what I liked about it was that America wasn't all that great once the heroine arrived here! "

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About the Author
Author Patricia Reilly Giff

Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Newbery Honor books Lily’s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods. She lives in Trumbull, Connecticut.

About the Narrator

Blair Brown is a Tony Award–winning actor. Her best known role is Nina Sharp from the television series Fringe. She prepares for recording audiobooks the same way she does for her other roles: by reading the text three times.