Rebekkah's Journey

A World War II Refugee Story

In 1944 a vacant army base in upstate New York became the temporary home of over 900 men, women and children who had fled Europe towards the end of World War II. With little more than the clothing on their backs, Rebekkah and her mother are just two of the many refugees who come to live in the camp. Adjusting to a strange new world and a new language, Rebekkah puts aside her own fears to try and recreate tiny bits of home for her mother. A fictional story based on the real-life experiences of surviving refugees, Rebekkah's Journey shares the illuminating story of one refugee's arrival on America's shores.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Dewey F
Lexile 600
ATOS Reading Level 4.4
Guided Reading Level Q
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585362752), PDF (9781410365774), Hosted ebook (9781627533812)
Copyright 2007, 2014
Number of Pages 48
Dimensions 9 x 11
Graphics Full-color illustrations
  • NYSRA Suggested Reading List--Intermediate, Short-listed, 2008

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Author: Ann E. Burg

Ann Burg was born in New York and spent her happy early childhood years in Brooklyn, where she wrote poetry and read lots of books. When she was eight years old, Ann and her family moved to New Jersey where she continued to read, write and dream. An English teacher for more than 10 years, Ann pursued her interest in writing as a hobby and had several articles published in newspapers throughout New York and New Jersey. With the support of her husband and their cherished daughter and son, Ann decided to leave teaching and pursue her writing career full time. She lives with her family in Albany, New York.

Illustrator: Joel Iskowitz

Joel Iskowitz has created hundreds of book covers, a dozen children's books, and more than 2,000 postage stamps worldwide. His artwork has appeared in many international journals including Watercolor Magazine. Public collections include NASA, the United States Air Force, and the Museum of American Illustration. Mr. Iskowitz received the NOAA citation for his Space Philately and the National Endowment for the Arts designated him a Master Designer for the United States Mint. He lives in Woodstock, New York.