The Matchbox Diary

By Paul Fleischman

Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Published by Candlewick Press, 2013

A little girl is visiting her great-grandfather and he tells her to choose something from his room and he will tell her about it.  She chooses a cigar box filled with little matchboxes.  In each box is a small object, and tells a story about her great-grandfather as a young boy, illiterate, but wanting to remember his life in Italy, his journey to America, and the hard road his family took to get to where they are now.  

A great history book to accompany discussion about immigration into the United States and the realities of the difficult lives that immigrants experienced.

Awards: A Junior Library Guild Selection, Amazon Best Book

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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