Homesick (Puffin Modern Classics)

Homesick (Puffin Modern Classics)

by Jean Fritz


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A Newbery Honor book!

Jean Fritz’s award-winning account of her life in China, and to honor this story, it is only fitting that it be added to our prestigious line of Puffin Modern Classics. This fictionalized autobiography tells the heartwarming story of a little girl growing up in an unfamiliar place. While other girls her age were enjoying their childhood in America, Jean Fritz was in China in the midst of political unrest. Jean Fritz tells her captivating story of the difficulties of living in a unfamiliar country at such a difficult time.

* "A remarkable blend of truth and storytelling." —Booklist, starred review

* "An insightful memory's-eye-view of her childhood . . . Young Jean is a strong character, and many of her reactions to people and events are timeless and universal." —School Library Journal, starred review

"Told with an abundance of humor—sometimes wry, sometimes mischievous and irreverent—the story is vibrant with atmosphere, personalities, and a palpable sense of place." —The Horn Book

"Every now and then a book comes along that makes me want to send a valentine to its author. Homesick is such a book . . . Pungent and delicious." —Katherine Paterson, The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142407615
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/01/2007
Series: Puffin Modern Classics Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,250,008
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Acclaimed biographer, Jean Fritz, was born in China to American missionaries on November 16, 1915. Living there until she was almost thirteen sparked a lifelong interest in American history.  She wrote about her childhood in China in Homesick, My Own Story, a Newbery Honor Book and winner of the National Book Award.
     Ms. Fritz was the author of forty-five books for children and young people. Many center on historical American figures, gaining her a reputation as the premier author of biographies for children and young people.
     Among the other prestigious awards Ms. Fritz has garnered are: the National Humanities Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award. the Christopher Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Non-Fiction Award, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and many ALA Notable Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice Awards.
     She passed away on May 14, 2017.

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Homesick 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jean Fritz was born an American girl in China. Growing up she wanted to know about her American life. Throughout her earlier years she can only see her American life in letters from her grandma (lives in america). Finally, after waiting many years her family decides to go back. When she gets to America she questions whether or not she will fit in, after living on the opposite side of the world. During the coarse of the book, I liked the story's reality to everyday issues. They are the same no matter where you live. Whether it being teased and not wanting to go to school or begging mother for that special something for christmas. There are so many cultures and different beliefs, that when it comes to basic standards of living it is all the same. I did not dislike anything in Homesick. Although, I did learn about the separation of Chinese and Americans. Not in a bad way. The Americans had a small park blocked off to Chinese in order to have a place in comparison to America. Therefore, by finishing the book I give it a thumbs up and can relate to being homesick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was so cool. I also thought that some of the parts were sad, happy, confusing, but most of all powerfull. The book really explained how she felt and I thought that was really neat. The only part that I did like was when you could tell when she used some fiction. I would reccomend this book for people that like oriental things, and people that like biographies.
nananainai More than 1 year ago
I have family living in China and found this book absorbing. Jean Fritz describes her yearning to be an American while living in another country and culture. Additionally, it gives us a glimpse at life in China before Communism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of my favorites in junior high, and I just recently found the title again. Although the story is written for a younger audience, as a sophomore in college it is still an enjoyable read. If you are especially fond of learning about pre-WWII Chinese culture, this is a good place to start.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jean Fritz, 10 years old at the time, is excited that she will finally live in America. The book is about this girl's exciting two year adventure to America where she faced a war of many people, happiness, sorrow, and leftoutness. This book is a joy to read because Fritz described her past so clearly, you can make a good summary about any part.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Homesick: My Own Story is a great book. It's very exciting. It has some good characters. The main character was Jean. She went through alot. Some more are: Jean's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hull, Lin-Nai Nai,the coolies, Andrea, and alot more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book, heartbreaking all the way through (but I'm just like that, all books are heartbreaking) ;)
heather_hill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a memoir of Jean Fritz's own life growing up an American child in China during its civil war where foreigners were becoming increasingly unpopular. Her father is a missionary and on the the directors of the Y.M.C.A. in Hankow, China, located right along the Yangtse River. It tells of her going to a British school and feeling like a traitor for sing "God Save the King," her friendship with another American girl, Andrea, and the fun she has teaching her amah, Lin Nai Nai, how to speak English.Homesick is truly hilarious. Jean Fritz puts a humorous twist on everything she remembers! I really liked how she incorporated so many vivid images in her descriptive writing. I felt as if I could see what she saw. And the pictures at the end of the book were surprising and interesting!I would have my students write their own memoir as an extension after reading this book. I would have them write descriptive, yet truthful accounts of their lives from the previous year. Another extension would be to have the students think about what they'd pack if they were going to China; the twist is they'd only have one hour and one suitcase with which to do it!
judydodgecummings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Given the controversy in the last few years over what constitutes a memoir, it was interesting that Jean Fritz qualified the nature of her memoir in the foreward of this book. She said given that she has recreated dialogue from old memories that she must call the book fiction even though it is her past.Setting was a definite character is this book. Fritz's details of the places she lived in are rich and colorful. Setting advances the plot--in fact getting on a boat and going to America is little Jean Fritz's goal. Additionally, place changes Jean. After her baby sister dies, the magic of the mountain community where they were living disappears. It becomes too windy and the spring flowers die. Additionally, the historical events in China are described in great detail but from the eyes of a young girl. These events propel the Fritz family out of China and back to the U.S.Fritz used the zig-zag method of inserting back story and it was subtle and effective. For example, in the first chapter Jean returns from school and calls out that she is home. No one answers. "Then I remembered that it was Tuesday, the day my mother taught an English class at the U.M.C.A. where my father was the director." That is the end of this brief insertion of explanation of background. The reader is drawn immediately back into the present as Jean describes the high ceiling in the hallway.
Necampos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Homesick is mostly a historical story. Jean, an American girl was born and living in China. She misses and dreams of being in America. Not the most enjoyable story, but it was informative with great information. It keeps diversity included in the story, war, and sadness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this book its ok but i dont get it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reveiwed before and I like it but it is to short . It is one of Jean Fritz's best masterpiece !
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It was a pretty good book. Not my favorite but still good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was stupid it was about a girl who wishs she was in america during a war and they wre rich and she wants to move and be poor in america whan she can be rich in china how stupid is that if you now what i mean