Britta's Journey: An Emigration Saga

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Britta, her siblings, and her mother make the long journey from Finland to Minnesota in the early 1900s to reunite with their father and leave poverty behind.

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A retired English teacher, Ann Marie lives on a wilderness lake with her husband Jerry and their two dogs. She grew up in Minneapolis, and in her mid-twenties she and her husband moved north to the wilderness they'd always loved. She has two grown sons who live in California and Puerto Rico. After 30 years of teaching English in Minnesota, she moved overseas to complete her teaching career in Istanbul, writing weekly e-mail missives and posting blogs about her experiences there. Ann Marie discovered her passion to write in the late 90 s. She wrote a weekly newspaper column for five years, wrote numerous articles for newspapers and magazines, and published three books. Her first was Britta s Journey~An Emigration Saga (2004), written about the emigration of a family that settled near her home. Her second book, Istanbul s Bazaar Quarter, Backstreet Walking Tours (2009), was a collaboration with Edda Renker Weissenbacher, a Turkish woman who guided small groups on walking tours through Istanbul. The third (2016) was You must only to love them, Lessons Learned in Turkey, a self-published memoir of her years teaching in Turkey. Ann Marie writes every day but always finds time for hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, skiing, or snowshoeing in the wilderness she calls home.

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Britta's Journey captures the portion of an immigrant's story usually not told from the agony of leaving a European homeland to first setting foot in America...A fine book for fourth graders on up, which adults will enjoy as much as younger readers. --Margaret Fortunato Galt, author of The Story in History: Writing Your Way into the American Experience

Britta's Journey is a terrifically engaging story of the daily life of an immigrant family's travels...a very person understanding from a child's point of view, of the courage of the people who established the country we live in. --Betsy Bowen, Children's writer, Two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award

Ann Marie Mershon successfully weaves character and plot with a historical setting which bring to life the struggles of immigrants in a difficult time. This poignant historical tale should be require reading for middle graders everywhere. --Sherry Wilson, Writer/ Editor, Write Tight, Now!

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