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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
An old lady deciding whether to adopt Rodzina is concerned that she might be Jewish. A story about pig excrement.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Rodzina is propositioned by one adult man, and another tries to force her to become his wife.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult cigar smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
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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