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Homesick: My Own Story [Paperback]

By Jean Fritz (Author)
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The author's fictionalized version, though all the events are true, of her childhood in China in the 1920s.

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The accolades speak for themselves: "Fritz draws the readers into scenes from her youth in the turbulent China of the mid-twenties. One comes to appreciate the generous affection of her nurse/companion Lin Nai-Nai, the isolating distance in her mother's grief over losing a second child, the dynamics of a suffering population venting its hostility on foreigners, and most of all, the loneliness of a child's exile from a homeland she has imagined constantly but never seen....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

Awards and Recognitions
Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Newbery Medal - 1983 Honor Book - Children's category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 751
  • Ingram Advance - 07/01/1999 page 26
  • Ingram Children's Advance - 07/01/1999 page 41
  • Publishers Weekly - 09/20/1999 page 90
  • Booklist - 09/15/1999 page 254
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 351
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 405
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 499
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 564

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Pages   163
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 19, 1999
Publisher   Putnam Juvenile
Age  8-12
ISBN  0698117824  
ISBN13  9780698117822  
UPC  051488005995  

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More About Jean Fritz

Jean Fritz 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 Endowment for the 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.

Jean Fritz currently resides in the state of New York. Jean Fritz was born in 1916.

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11Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12

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Reviews - What do customers think about Homesick (Novel)?

Homesick: a great book for all age groups  Dec 5, 2006
Homesick is a great, interesting story that summarizes her childhood life. Jean Fritz uses wonderful, descriptive words about how she felt during her life in China. This book kept me hooked all the way through and I would defiantly recommend it to all age groups.
A charming story for all ages  May 16, 2006
I had the pleasure of meeting Jean Fritz when I was 8 years old, when she spoke at an awards program for a youth writing competition, and having my copy of Homesick autographed. I very much enjoyed this book as a child, and just recently re-read it as an adult and found it every bit as entertaining and charming. Although it's categorized as youth reading, and written from the point of view of young Jean, I'm certain many adults would find it a good read as well. She tells her story with humor and longing, and paints a vivid picture of China in the 1920s, and of the culture clash between China and America, both while she's living in China and after she comes to the U.S. I highly recommend this book for any age. A perfect story for parents to read with their children, that will entertain both.
Homeless: a perfect american classic story  Jan 3, 2006
This book was a perfect book for any junior student. It had the perfect story and it was perfect for any pre-teenage child. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I am sure that others will too. The idea is wonderful and the way this was written is also is a MUST read!!!!!!! Please, read it....u have not read any book if you have not read this book....
Homesick: My own story review  Jun 7, 2005
Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz is a story about an American girl who grows up in China. She spends a good part of her life wishing she could be in America, where she belongs. WHen she's not doing that, she's
corresponding with her grandmother,
trying to make friends with some young chinese children,
and learning british culture in school.
As you can see, Jean Fritz would be an excellent storywriter had she made it up. However, this story is an autobiography, and is in almost no way fictional. Jean Fritz is an excellent storywriter anyway, though. Jean Fritz describes the setting as if her pen were a plane ticket. Her story line makes it difficult to locate the plot, or even understand the full story. The autobiography is punctuated by emotions. All in all, this is a fine educational history text, but is not, in my opinion, a fitting storybook.
some sad parts but worth reading  Feb 2, 2005
I gave this book four stars because I didn't like the sad parts. The book was well-written. The author helped me see the story of a ten-year-old girl whose father works for the YMCA in China. She knows she's going to go home to the US but that there are lots of obstacles. After reading this book. I understand more about the history of China and the coolies and the culture. I am a fan of Jean Fritz books in general.

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