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The Devil's Arithmetic

The Devil's Arithmetic
  

Hannah is tired of hearing about the Nazis during the Holocaust, but when she opens the door for Elijah at the Passover Seder, she is transported in time to 1940s Poland, where she is captured and put in a death camp. A girl named Rivka befriends her, teaching her how to fight th... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780140345353
Published 23 January 2006 by Penguin
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Yolen, Jane
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ISBN-13 9780140345353
ISBN-10 0140345353
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Putnam Inc
Publication Date 23 January 2006
International Publication Date 1 January 2000
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Yolen, Jane
Category Award Winning
Horror & Ghost Stories, Chillers
Number of Pages 170
Dimensions Width: 128mm
Height: 200mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 141g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Jews - Fiction, Concentration camps - Fiction, Time travel - Fiction
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 32452

Description of this Book

When Hannah opens the door during Passover Seder to symbolically welcome the prophet Elijah, she suddenly finds herself in the unfamiliar world of a Polish village in the 1940s. Hannah had always complained about listening to her relatives tell the same stories of the Holocaust over and over, but now she finds herself in a terrifying situation. The Nazi soldiers have come to take the villagers away and only Hannah can guess where they are going.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Black-Eyed Susan Award (Chapter Book) 1991
US Review Yolen is the author of a hundred books, many of which have been praised for their originality, humor, or poetic vision, but this thoughtful, compelling novel is unique among them. Hannah, 13, finds the annual Seder - which calls up her grandfather's memories of the death camp he and his sister Eva survived - tedious, the facts distant and unreal. Chosen to perform the ritual of opening the door to Elijah, she finds herself in rural Poland in 1942, as Chaya (life), the heroic girl whose Hebrew name she bears. There, she shares the experiences of villagers who are interrupted during a wedding, transported in a grueling four-day train journey, and delivered to a camp where the commandant routinely chooses victims for the gas chambers. At the camp another girl, the indomitable Rivka, teaches her how to survive, and she learns an unforgettable lesson: some must live, at whatever cost, to bear witness. When Rivka is chosen, Hannah goes to her death in her place - and awakes to find herself returned to the family Seder, recognizing Aunt Eva as the beloved friend she saved. In less skillful hands, such a story would risk being either didactic or irreverent, but Yolen has so completely integrated her deep concern with the structure and movingly poetic language of her story that the meaning shines clear. Symbolic details - such as the role memory plays in Hannah's response to her experiences - are meticulously worked out. A triumphantly moving book. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Jane Yolen is the author of more than three hundred books, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?. Her books and stories have won the Caldecott Medal, National Jewish Book Award and numerous awards and accolades. She splits her time between Massachusetts and St. Andrews, Scotland.

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