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By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Plucky orphans struggle in the rugged West in harsh tale.

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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

more by karen cushman

Yes, I loved it. also by Karen Cushman is Catherine called Birdy, and the Midwife's Apprentice.
age 15+
The sexual content just not age appropriate!!A twelve year old being propositioned is not the way I would explain it, my thought is why draw pictures when it is not necessary. Too many great books out there without the sexual content!!

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (1 ):

Rodzina is no winsome and appealing little Oliver Twist -- she's tough and strong and, as the narrator of her own tale, far more engaging to readers than she is to the other characters in the story. But the world she describes is somewhat Dickensian, filled with filth, squalor, and a lot of mean adults who don't like children.

Two-time Newbery winner Karen Cushman writes an enjoyable story, but this is not her best work. She softens the story for her audience, and experienced young readers will see the too-pat ending coming a long way off. In the meantime, though, this tale of plucky orphans making their way in a rugged and unfeeling world is entertaining enough, and Rodzina is an unusual heroine.

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