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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (387 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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