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EpicFehlReader rated it 2 years ago
Hannah dreads going to her family's Passover Seder—she's tired of hearing her relatives talk about the past. But when she opens the front door to symbolically welcome the prophet Elijah, she's transported to a Polish village in the year 1942. Why is she there, and who is this "Chaya" that everyone s...
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it 9 years ago
The book wasn't bad (I really want to like it), but I was bored reading it. Definitely my least favorite Newbery.
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 10 years ago
This semester I am requiring my students to read The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, a novel takes place in Poland during World War II. The good news is that my students love the book; in fact, several of them are reading ahead. The shocking fact, the bad news, is what they don’t know. It is not ...
Bashara Likes Books
Bashara Likes Books rated it 10 years ago
Enjoyable? Not so much. But very powerful storytelling nonetheless. The experience of watching modern day Jewish American Hannah become a 1940s era Polish Jew named Chaya Abramobichz is not one easily forgotten. By using time travel to tell this story Yolen effectively bridges the gap between pa...
TheBecks rated it 12 years ago
I wasn't really sure what to make of this book when I first saw it, but after having read it, I would say that I am glad that I did. This is one of those books that really makes you look at things from a different perspective. I can relate to Hannah, because I remember being 13 and having little pat...
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