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 Welcome to America, Champ! (Tales of the world)
 Author: Stier, Catherine

 Publisher:  Sleeping Bear Press (2013)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 28 cm.

 BTSB No: 854664 ISBN: 9781585366064
 Ages: 6-8 Grades: 1-3

 Immigration and emigration -- Fiction
 Remarriage -- Fiction
 Ocean travel -- Fiction
 World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- Fiction
 Great Britain -- History -- 1936-1952, George VI -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

In 1945, when young Thomas, his mother, and his new baby brother leave war-torn England to join his stepfather, an American soldier named Jack, in Chicago, Thomas finds a way to give courage to a fellow traveler on the Queen Mary.

 Illustrator: Ettlinger, Doris
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.10
   Points: .5   Quiz: 161646

   Booklist (04/15/13)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/15/2013 The luxurious Queen Mary ocean liner once sailed with diapers drying on clotheslines suspended over the ship’s emptied swimming pool. Why? This was part of an unusual cargo transported by luxury liners in 1946: tens of thousands of “soldier brides” and their children who immigrated at the end of WWII to reunite with the U.S. servicemen they had married overseas. This entry into the Tales of the World series shines a vivid light on war’s upheavals by focusing on fictional Thomas, a nine-year-old boy who faces leaving home, friends, grandparents, and his beloved cricket for the U.S., a new father, a new school, and the strange sport of baseball. A wedding cake made by friends’ saving up sugar and powdered eggs for weeks and a view from the train into London of the Blitz’s devastation bring home war’s everyday hardship and trauma. At the same time, Thomas is moving into a hopeful future. Heartfelt watercolor illustrations bring to life the anxiety and tentative joys of this unique historical situation. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.

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