The Length of a String

The Length of a String

Imani is adopted, and she's ready to search for her birthparents. But when she discovers the diary her Jewish great-grandmother wrote chronicling her escape from Holocaust-era Europe, Imani begins to see family in a new way.Imani knows exactly what she wants as her big bat mitzvah gift: to meet her birthparents. She loves her family and her Jewish community in Baltimore, b...

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Title:The Length of a String
Author:Elissa Brent Weissman
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  • Emma
    Well that made me cry. (But in a good way.)...
  • Susan  Dunn
    Anna and her twin Belle are identical. They live in Luxembourg with their parents and siblings. It is 1941 and Hitler has invaded the small country. All the Jews, including Anna and Belle's family must wear yellow stars on their coats. All of those who can get out are doing so, getting to America if...
  • Katherine Locke
    Wow, wow, wow. This book is really special. Highly recommend for all middle school bookshelves, and it should be easy to tie into curriculum. Beautiful wonderful book.This is the story of Imani, an adopted Black girl in a Jewish family, who discovers her great-grandmother's diary, telling the story ...
  • Karyn
    Such a great book. I loved this unusual take on the holocaust and the two different time periods this takes place in. Really glad I stumbled on this and will definitely be recommending it....
  • ⚓Its me Irina the READER⚓
    This book is about a 12 year old girl named Imani! She was adopted by a Jewish family at a very young age! At the time of her bat mitzvah her parents said that she ask for anything ! So Imani desperately want to find out more abut her biological parents! But how will she say it without hurting her p...
  • Sarah
    This is an extremely well-written and engrossing novel connecting the past to the present.In 2014, Imani's great-grandmother Anna dies leaving all of her books to her great-grandchildren. Among the stacks, Imani discovers Anna's journal from 1941. Anna chronicles her journey from Luxembourg to Ameri...
  • LauraW
    In spite of this fairly common trope - connecting the past to the present through a diary - I found this book engrossing and worthwhile. The characters are well-drawn and the story interesting. The connections between past and present are sometimes a bit tenuous, but, in a way, that only adds to the...
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Twelve-year-old Imani Mandel was told she could have anything she wanted as her Bat Mitzvah gift. And she knows just what she wants, but she's too afraid to ask for it. Imani was adopted and now she is wondering about her biological parents and wants to know who she is and who they are. It's especia...

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