The Girl in the Torch

The Girl in the Torch

Robert Sharenow / Jun 03, 2020

The Girl in the Torch The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets True Grit in this heartfelt novel of resilience hope and discovering a family where you least expect it from award winning author Robert Sharenow At the dawn of t

  • Title: The Girl in the Torch
  • Author: Robert Sharenow
  • ISBN: 9780062227973
  • Page: 184
  • Format: ebook
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets True Grit in this heartfelt novel of resilience, hope, and discovering a family where you least expect it, from award winning author Robert Sharenow.At the dawn of the twentieth century, thousands of immigrants are arriving in the promised land of New York City Twelve year old Sarah has always dreamed of America, a land of freedom and poThe Invention of Hugo Cabret meets True Grit in this heartfelt novel of resilience, hope, and discovering a family where you least expect it, from award winning author Robert Sharenow.At the dawn of the twentieth century, thousands of immigrants are arriving in the promised land of New York City Twelve year old Sarah has always dreamed of America, a land of freedom and possibility In her small village she stares at a postcard of the Statue of Liberty and imagines the Lady beckoning to her When Sarah and her mother finally journey across the Atlantic, though, tragedy strikes and Sarah finds herself being sent back before she even sets foot in the country.Yet just as Sarah is ushered onto the boat that will send her away from the land of her dreams, she makes a life or death decision She daringly jumps off the back of the boat and swims as hard as she can toward the Lady s island and a new life.Her leap of faith leads her to an unbelievable hiding place the Statue of Liberty itself Now Sarah must find a way to Manhattan while avoiding the night watchman and scavenging enough food to survive When a surprising ally helps bring her to the city, Sarah finds herself facing new dangers and a life on her own Will she ever find a true home in America

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      • Robert Sharenow

        Robert Sharenow is an award winning writer and television producer His first novel, My Mother the Cheerleader, was chosen as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and a VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers He is also an Emmy Award winning television producer and serves as senior vice president of nonfiction and alternative programming for AE Network and Bio Channel He lives in New York with his wife, their two daughters, and their dog, Lucy.


    1. I thought this book was a little simplistic and the characters were paper thin. But my seven year old daughter loved it, to the point that she insisted the entire family read it (and who am I to say no to a request like that?). So three stars from me, five from Alice.

    2. I was sent an ARC of The Girl in the Torch, but my review is entirely my own opinion.Right from the beginning of this book, I was pulled into Sarah's struggles and admired the way the author set up each conflict and could make every little problem feel like the end of the world for Sarah. As a new American immigrant arriving around the turn of the century, Sarah faces many varied challenges, from losing her mother, to choosing to jump from the boat to avoid deportation, to scavenging for food an [...]

    3. Originally posted at: iliveforreading/2This book has been liked to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and while I haven’t read Brian Selznick’s book, I absolutely adored the film adaption. The Girl in the Torch, while it shares some similarities with Hugo, was a fantastic and unique novel. This was a short book so it proved to be a quick read that I devoured in one sitting. I haven’t learned much of America's history, but I knew bits and pieces about Ellis Island and so this was an interesting [...]

    4. While I didn't love the ending and the whole book itself didn't seem wholly realistic, I gave this book four stars because of the great and kind characters. It tells the story of a young girl whose mother dies shortly after reaching America's Ellis Island. Thanks to the kindness of strangers and her own strong will, Sarah is able to figure her situation out. Historical fiction set in NYC in the early 1900s that 4th-6th graders will enjoy. Strong girls, Ellis island, loss of loved ones, conquerin [...]

    5. I really enjoyed this book, is what many people would say, but truly, this is an incredible story. If you've ever had a tragedy in your life, or our recovering from one now, this is a story, showing a very young girl, not only pulling threw, but surviving a new world with completely different people in it.It really shows how if anyone really tries hard, and doesn't let anything, drag them down, they can accomplish, many things. This book shows perseverance, positivity, heart warming actions and [...]

    6. What a great little book! I felt like middle school age children would really enjoy this, but as an adult I too was captivated. It has so many things I love, a little history, a moral compass for the heroine to live by, heartfelt emotions, interesting characters and relationships, and it kept my interest till the very end. Sweet readank you Mr. Sharenow.

    7. Very engrossing and full of emotion. The young protagonist finds her strength and independence throughout her journey. I would recommend this book to middle schoolers who are interested in history and Ellis Island.

    8. The Statue of Liberty is one of America’s greatest landmarks. Not only is it an impressive structure, but the ideals it represents are just as powerful. In this young adult novel, author Robert Sharenow is able to tell a moving story about one little girl to whom Lady Liberty means everything.For a basic plot summary, “Girl in the Torch” focuses on Sarah, a young girl at the beginning of the 20th century who is escaping her homeland with her mother. All they have to go on is the hope that [...]

    9. Sarah is a 12 year old Jewish girl coming to America at the turn of the twentieth century. It is no longer safe for her and her mother after Sarah's father is killed in their village. Sarah and her mother make the journey across the Atlantic Ocean, but her mother falls ill and by the time they arrive in New York, she is very sick and taken to quarantine. Sarah later learns her mother did not make it, leaving Sarah an orphan. She has family in New York, but they are unable to trace them, which me [...]

    10. Posted firt to Blog Critics as Book Review: 'The Girl in the Torch,' A Young Adult Historical Fiction by Robert Sharenow.In the early 20th century the dream of America was the draw for thousands of immigrants. The Girl in the Torch by Robert Sharenow, takes us into the lives of one of those who has made it to the shores of America after grievous personal loss, only to find that she is not welcome to stay. After losing her mother on the journey over,12 year old Sarah finds she is being sent back [...]

    11. Copy received from Goldberg McDuffie Communications (Publicity)When Sarah's father is killed in a pogrom, and her mother becomes very ill on their trip to the US, Sarah finds herself in the custody of immigration. When her mother passes away, she is going to be sent back to her country. Knowing this will not end well, she jumps off the ship and ends up at the Statue of Liberty. There, she has a fairly successful life, sleeping in the statue, scrounging leftover food and saving pennies to take th [...]

    12. When twelve-year-old Sarah's mother dies at Ellis Island, she's at a loss for what to do. The United States government wants to send her back to her home country (never outright stated, though implied to be Russia) to live with a mean uncle who doesn't like her. So when she's put on a ship back to the old country, she dives overboard and swims to Liberty Island, where she spends several days hiding among tourists and sleeping in Lady Liberty's crown. When she's ultimately discovered, Sarah finds [...]

    13. The idea of a girl living in the Statue of Liberty intrigued me from the moment I first read about it. I was grateful to obtain a copy of the book and I'd glad to have read it. Sarah is the kind of character that I love to root for, who digs deep inside herself to find a way to survive in America on her own. I found it interesting that Sarah's country of origin isn't ever mentioned but then again it doesn't really need to be, many countries have mistreated their own citizens for a variety of dif [...]

    14. “Goodbye, America,” she whispered.Staring into the darkness, Sarah realized that she had nothing left. No family, no hopes. Nothing. Everything good she could possibly think of was in her past. The golden door has been permanently shut. Then she glanced back at the Lady, her face strong and beautiful. Sarah and her mother had looked at the postcard so many times, dreaming of seeing her in person, and of the life they would lead in America… “We can’t go back there,” she muttered, grip [...]

    15. I really wanted to read The Girl in the Torch because as a social studies teacher, I thought it would be a great story for the students. While definitely written for younger age groups, I enjoyed it and would recommend it. Set in the early 1900s when America saw an influx of immigrants, twelve year old Sarah, who always dreamed of the Statue of Liberty and a new life in America is on her way there. But then something happens on the boat and she is forced to go back to where she came from. Refusi [...]

    16. Sarah is left an orphan after her father is killed in a village raid and her mother dies of sickness on Ellis Island following their arrival in America. But America doesn't want to take care of a 12-year-old girl with no relatives they can find easily and she is put on a boat meant to take her home. But Sarah jumps off that boat and hides in the Statue of Liberty. She slowly makes friends and finds a place for herself while simultaneously learning about America's diversity, including the parts t [...]

    17. This is a fascinating and beautifully detailed (albeit a tad sugar-coated) story about immigration to America. I guess I haven't read much from that time and place—there's a lot of wonder, heartbreak, and new experiences for Sarah, and it was thoroughly enjoyable to read about them. While there were noticeable stretches to make the story work (which the author admits to in his notes at the end of the book), I believe this is a valuable insight into that historical time period.The characters we [...]

    18. This edge-of-your seat novel is about a girl who is coming to America as an immigrant. But when she arrives after a long journey, she is sent back. Determined to find a home in America, she jumps off the back of the boat and finds refuge in the Statue of Liberty until she can figure out how to make her way into Manhattan. This novel, similar to the other historical fiction books on my shelf, is a great example of voice, both informative and entertaining. The story is full of adventure and even s [...]

    19. It was historical about The USA. It's an orphan trying to find a place to stay.It is a very well written book. I liked this book because tells her parents passing away and she is trying to find shelter. So I feel different reading this because all the books I have read were usually life of a wimpy kid or Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl doesn't have more sandiness then this book. So that is what I think, and these are the ages I thinks appropriate.I think it is appropriate for children of ages 9-12.

    20. Just meh. I almost didn't finish it, but the 2nd half is better than the first. The ideas were good, but they just never 'gripped' me as presented. There were pieces missing from the character development, and thus from the storyline. Though the story tries to be relevant to our own unaccompanied minors problem, it fails. Also, though the main character's Jewishness is mentioned a few times, it also falls out of the story in ways that don't make sense.Meh.

    21. This book disappointed me in very few ways but still disappointed me. The time skips were pretty vague and in the epilogue it doesn't tell about the other characters and what happened to them. I wish that the author put what happened to the other characters because I was pretty curious to know what happened to them. But this book was a fantastic book on the troubles and struggles of being an immigrant and finding strength to continue even when you've lost everything.

    22. I liked this historical fiction piece about a girl named Sarah who lives with her mom and dad in a rural part of eastern Europe. When tragedy strikes, Sarah and her mom decide to make their way to America. Things don't quite go the way they had planned and Sarah ends up in NY alone. It's a great story of resilience and perseverance. I liked all the characters and the situations seemed realistic.

    23. Review from 9 yr old daughter:"I loved this. The main character never gave up, always hoping that something good would happen. There are loads of different settings and you feel like you're in every single one. Other characters are realistic, even the bad guys. I really enjoyed this and didn't want it to end. Would love a sequel."

    24. bookaday #101. Interesting account of a girl orphaned on her way to America - funny comment from an immigrant recently arrived on Ellis Island (that we can relate to nowadays): "I guess all governments are good at making people wait in lines." Lots of things going on in story, nice ending. Lots of back matter shows author's research process.

    25. A touching immigrant story about a girl whose mother dies shortly after the ship docks on Ellis Island. The authorities send her on a ship back home, but she jumps into the water by the Statueof Liberty, swims to the statue and hides there. Some interesting people befriend her as she makesher way in New York City without any money or possessions except for a toy circus bear.

    26. I really liked this book, even though I think it was a little below my reading level. I've always loved historical fiction, and so when I read the summary of this book I got excited. It turned out to be a great story that taught me a little bit too.

    27. As someone who recently got hooked on digging into my own genealogy, I quickly devoured THE GIRL IN THE TORCH. I dare any young reader to experience Sarah’s tale, packed with drama and adventure, and running the gamut of emotions, and tell me they can’t get into history.

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