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Imani is adopted, and she's ready to search for her birth parents. Anna has left behind her family to escape from Holocaust-era Europe to meet a new family - two journeys, one shared family history, and the bonds that make us who we are. Perfect for fans of The Night Diary.

Imani knows exactly what she wants as her big bat mitzvah gift: to find her birth parents. She loves her family and her Jewish community in Baltimore, but she has always wondered where she came from, especially since she's Black and almost everyone she knows is White. Then her mom's grandmother - Imani's great-grandma Anna - passes away, and Imani discovers an old journal among her books. It's Anna's diary from 1941, the year she was 12 and fled Nazi-occupied Luxembourg alone, sent by her parents to seek refuge in Brooklyn, New York. Anna's diary records her journey to America and her new life with an adoptive family of her own. And as Imani reads the diary, she begins to see her family, and her place in it, in a whole new way. 

©2021 Elissa Brent Weissman (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

Sydney Taylor Honor Book, awarded by the Association of Jewish Libraries

Tablet Magazine's Best Jewish Children's Books of 2018

“Told in two voices which Weissman weaves together like a double helix, this is a story of family ties, some of which are broken by war, some broken by choice, some broken by unanswered questions. But by the end, readers will see that love and faith - from strangers, from friends, and from long-gone ancestors - have the power to knit us together with strings that are so much stronger than genetics. I loved this sweet refuge of a book.” (Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Underneath and The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

“You’ll yearn with this wonderful heroine as she searches for long-ago Anna and her own hidden past. The characters are unforgettable, and the ending is entirely satisfying. A book readers will love; I know I did.” (Patricia Reilly Giff, Newbery Honor-winning author of Lily’s Crossing

The Length of a String is a resounding continuum of connection and search for self. As universal as it is personal. A must read.” (Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor-winning author of One Crazy Summer

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