Bridge to America: Based on a True Story (Hardcover)

Based on a True Story

By Linda Glaser

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 9780618563012, 208pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2005



The year is 1920 and the setting is a shtetl, a small village in northern Poland, where Fivel and his family live in fear of the ruthless Cossacks and unpredictable pogroms. As he and his mother, brother, and sisters struggle to stay alive, nine-year-old Fivel is hungry, is cold, is a rascal, is goodhearted, longs for his father, and is afraid for their lives. Will the money from America ever come? Has their father forgotten about them, perhaps even found another family? When will the next horrific Cossack raid come?

Here is an absorbing, ultimately hopeful novel that creates an unforgettable portrait of a family, a time, and the bridging of two worlds.

About the Author

Linda Glaser is the author of many picture books for children. She was inspired to write this her first novel, after hearing the real Fivel speak to a sixth grade Sunday school class. She was moved by his rich stories and felt that she was somehow connecting with the world of her Eastern European Jewish grandparents, also immigrants. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota, with her husband and daughters. This is her first book for Houghton Mifflin.

Praise For Bridge to America: Based on a True Story

"Seasoned picture-book author Glaser offers a compelling historical novel here, which an endnote explains was loosely based on the life of a member of her community." --Booklist Booklist, ALA

"Even reluctant readers will enjoy this riveting account and sensitive portrayal of what it means to be an immigrant." ––School Library Journal School Library Journal

"Glaser's first novel is an inspirational story that's clearly a labor of love and tribute. A fine addition to collections on the immigrant experience."-- Kirkus Kirkus Reviews