Rachel's Hope

Rachel's Hope


By Shelly Sanders


The final chapter in Rachel’s epic journey from Russia to America

After fleeing her small Russian town and surviving the long, difficult journey to refuge in Shanghai, Rachel Paskar and her remaining family members have finally made it to the safety of the American city of San Francisco. No longer facing persecution because she is a Jew, Rachel now confronts different challenges. She must learn the language, ways, and customs of the United States, while at the same time trying to respect her family’s traditions. 

Rachel is torn between the old world and the new. She receives disturbing news about her friend Sergei, still living in Russia and seemingly trapped there by his involvement with the revolutionaries. And here in America she has met Alexander, an annoying student who somehow won’t leave her thoughts. Just as Rachel begins to feel like she can belong in two very different worlds, the great San Francisco earthquake hits. How can she begin all over again, let alone fulfill her dream of attending university and becoming a journalist?

Like the courageous women she has met fighting for equal rights, Rachel has come too far to let anything stop her.

Book Three in The Rachel Trilogy

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About the Author

Shelly Sanders has worked as a freelance writer for almost twenty years. The Rachel Trilogy was inspired by Shelly's grandmother, a Russian Jew who fled to Shanghai to escape persecution and then made her way to the United States, where she was the first Jewish woman to be accepted into the University of California, Berkeley’s science program. Shelly lives in Oakville, Ontario with her family.

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Product Information

  • Release: September 1, 2014

  • $12.95 Paperback

  • 322 Pages

  • 5.5 x 8.25

  • Teen Fiction

  • Ages 13-17 / Grades 8-12

  • ISBN: 9781927583425


  • Character Education
    > Prejudice and Tolerance

  • Language Arts
    > Historical Fiction

  • History / Social Studies
    > Global Cultures
    > War & Conflict

  • Feminism


Awards for Rachel's Hope

  • Shortlisted for the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature - Children's/Young Adult
    > Noted by the jury as “a poignantly realistic portrayal of a young Jewish woman’s struggle towards independence in early 20th C San Francisco, trying to embrace the new world while grappling with her ties to tradition.”

  • A Notable Book for Teens - Sydney Taylor Book Awards (Association of Jewish Libraries)

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Best Books for Kids and Teens" - Spring 2015

Praise for Rachel's Hope

"…Shelly Sanders delivers an exciting plot, an ambitious historical context, and engaging, complex characters… Sanders has her finger on the zeitgeist of this era." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"...Sanders ably combines historical fact with a gripping fictional story, knitting together the grim realities of pre-revolutionary Russia and the plight of Russian Jews with the hopes and dreams of a young girl building her life. Through Rachel and Sergei's eyes, readers are given a candid glimpse into both the immigrant experience in early America and life inside tsarist Russia, which is teetering on the brink of revolution. ... a must-read for fans of historical fiction." - Canadian Children's Book News

"[Rachel's Hope] does a good job of illustrating many facets and challenges of immigrant life, including assimilation, work, self-fulfillment, and sense of home." - Booklist

"(A) fine and absorbing trilogy." - Hadassah Magazine

"Rachel’s journey as an immigrant from Russia, through Shanghai, and then to the streets of San Francisco is a compelling one... A well-researched and exciting novel that will introduce readers to immigrant life in the early 1900s." - Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews

"Readers who love historical fiction will enjoy exploring Sanders’ San Francisco as Rachel and her family learn their way around and begin to make a life." - Jewish Book World