“Historical fiction, a genre that you would expect to be boring and uninteresting, turns out to be somewhat educational and entertaining to read! "Sparks Fly Upward" is a historical fiction book about a twelve-year-old girl named Rebecca and her family finding new life in Canada after World War 2. They lived in a small town. Farming, going to a jewish school, taking part in Jewish holidays, and acting at a local play center Rebecca's father manages. All twenty-one members of the family living under one roof. To Rebecca, this was completely normal and comforting. All is well until one night when returning home from a performance at the play center, the family comes home to their house and barn that is blazing with fire! They manage to rescue a few animals from the barn, but nothing from the house. They sell the animals, take what few belongings they have, and take a train to the city. There, Rebecca and her family have trouble getting on their feet. They are going hungry because they don't have enough money to feed all twenty-one mouths. As a result, Rebecca and her two younger siblings are sent to foster homes. This is terrible for Rebecca because she classifies herself as the shyest person in the world. What makes it even worse is that she's moving into a Ukrainian home. What if they hate her? How will she make new friends at a new school ? Should meeting new people be the least of her worries?
I enjoyed reading this book because it was a new genre for me to explore. I wasn't expecting to like the book as much as I did. I recommend this book to children from the ages 11-13 because the main character of the book is 12. I feel that if your age is closer to Rebecca's age, you will understand her point of view more. ”
“I read the book "Sparks Fly Upward". It was about this girl named Rebecca and she was jewish. She had a really big family and her father lost his job. They had to movie to Winnipeg, Canada. They had to split up because the family could not pay the rent for a place big enough to hold all her family. Rebecca had to live with another family. She had difficulties with this family some of the difficulties were Sophie's mother didn't speak English, Sophie's father was a preacher so he didn't really like jews, and Sophie brother learned from his dad to not like jews. She was very isolated at school and at home. I liked this book because it was very interesting how she lived her life and how she dealt with the bullying. The genre of this book is historical fiction. I would recommend the book to anyone who likes historical fiction and reading about what happened in history but with different characters.”Shira D wrote this review Monday, May 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was ok, I liked it though!”Alexandra W wrote this review Friday, October 2, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i thought i wouldn't like this simple tale of a russian born jewish girl who moves to canada and, afterthe home burns down, moves in with a ukrainian family, who do not like her. but she makes friends with a daughter of the family, and learns that friendship is not always saying the same prayers, but instead fighting the same battles. really good, but it grows on you. ”larry c wrote this review Tuesday, June 30, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No