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Going to America? No,
this can't be true. Dina's older sister is supposed to be the one
going. That was before Dina got into trouble with the soldiers.
And now Dina is going to New York City. Her dream had always been
to escape the drudgery of her mother's sewing shop. She just knows
when she gets to the uncle's house in America that there will be no more
sewing for her. She will live a life of luxury. But life in
Brooklyn in the 1870s is not as she imagines. And worse than anything
is the sight of the sewing machine in the uncle's small apartment.
The rug under it is worn almost through -- a sure sign of the many hours
of work done on that old machine. And Dina is the one expected to
use it. She makes up her mind then and there to find a way to earn
her passage back to Germany and her family. If she must sew, she
would be happier back home. What will life hold for 13-year-old Dina?
Dina hates sewing. She learned
the tailoring trade from her family in Germany and dreams of another
life. When she is mistaken for a spy in Germany , she must flee to
America . Her dreams of a beautiful life in the new world are dimmed when
she finds she will be sewing in another house of tailors poorer than the
one she left behind. Dina slowly adapts to life in America and shows
much bravery and talent along the way. Read about Dina’s new life and dreams
in 1870’s Brooklyn , New York .(New
Hampshire Great Stone Face 2007)