If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island

Nonfiction

Levine portrays the immigration procedures followed at Ellis Island between 1892 and 1914 in an interesting and thought-provoking way. One or two-page chapters offer concise answers to questions (“What did people bring with them?’; “What happened if you were detained?”; “How did people learn English?”), which helps youngsters get a feel for what life was like for immigrants at Ellis Island. Mind-boggling facts about the many rigorous routines and tests (medical, legal, literacy) that new arrivals endured are peppered with the intriguing personal reminiscences of individuals who were brave enough to have lived through them.