Awarded the GOLD MEDAL for Young Adult Mystery from Literary Classics. KIRKUS reviews: "An atmospheric confection that will thrill YA readers...Gregory achieves a realistic, rich atmosphere with insightful details about the immigration process and New York tenements in the early 1900s."AUTHOR NOTE: When I learned that my Danish great-grandfather spent much of his life in an insane asylum in Wisconsin, my mind raced. How did this young man hoping for a new beginning in America end up "criminally insane?" What was he like when he stepped off the ship from Copenhagen and how did he get by the strict medical examiners on Ellis Island?After visits to this Island of Tears & several years of research and writing, my story is finished. This Young Adult novel didn't turn out as planned, but it was birthed by those questions of "how"' and "why."' Coupled by family lore that my great-grandmother wo ...