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I am working on an MG historical fiction novel. Story is of a young  Norwegian immigrant coming to America in 1901. I am looking for mentor texts to study. Any suggestions?  :bighelp
#1 - February 13, 2016, 07:03 PM
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Hi Ama -- great question! And I wish I had a good answer, but the fact that I can't think of a turn-of-the-century novel about a Norwegian immigrant probably means that yours needs to be written!

There are lots of MG European immigration stories -- would that help?
These come to mind:
KATERINA'S WISH by Mobley
ASHES OF ROSES by Auch
ALL OF A KIND FAMILY by Taylor
 
There are lots more about kids immigrating from other parts of the world too, of course.

Good luck! And let us know if you find a Norwegian story!
#2 - February 14, 2016, 07:53 AM
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Yes! That does help. Thank you. I want to read all kinds of MG immigrant stories to broaden my scope.  :thankyou
#3 - February 14, 2016, 03:11 PM
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You might check out West of the Moon by Margi Preus--an older middle-grade, and somewhat unconventional (as you will see) but it's well worth reading...
#4 - February 14, 2016, 03:17 PM
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I'll plug my new MG historical, MYTH RIDER, about an immigrant girl from the country of Georgia. It, too, is somewhat unconventional.
#5 - February 15, 2016, 09:27 AM
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 :thankyou  Harold and Cyndy. I will check them out.
 Congratulations, Cyndy :star2
#6 - February 15, 2016, 09:42 AM
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You might try Jennifer L. Holm's Newbery Honor-winning debut, OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA. It's set in 1899 in Washington State. If I remember correctly, the characters are Finnish immigrants to the U.S.
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Perfect  :thankyou
#8 - February 16, 2016, 05:22 PM
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Hi Ama -- great question! And I wish I had a good answer, but the fact that I can't think of a turn-of-the-century novel about a Norwegian immigrant probably means that yours needs to be written!

This.

I'm a sucker for immigrant stories ... a very beautiful one is A Step from Heaven by An Na. What's amazing is the voice -- the MC recounts life from the time she's 4 until she's 16 or so. The bulk of it is MG but it's a study in how to keep the voice consistent to the character but also maturing.

And seconding Our Only May Amelia. There's a sequel to it as well -- The Trouble with May Amelia. Good luck with your story.

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Thank You, Vijaya.
I will look at this one, too. Learning the techniques of memorable voice is so important!
Blessings ~ :writing3
#10 - February 16, 2016, 05:58 PM
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"Letters from Rifka" is a favorite.
#11 - February 17, 2016, 10:38 AM

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Yes, I have read that one.  :thankyou
#12 - February 17, 2016, 07:26 PM
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