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The Devil's Arithmetic

By Jane Yolen (5)

In Jane Yolen’s award winning The Devil’s Arithmetic, 12-year-old Hannah Stern enjoys Easter at a friend’s home, until her family arrives to take her to Passover Seder. She argues with her mother that she has already eaten, but her mother insists that Seder is not about food, as it is about remembering. Hannah dreads another boring dinner with her aging relatives, listening to more of their morose memories. When Hanna is asked to perform the symbolic welcoming of the prophet Elijah, she opens the apartment door to a “daydream.” Outside the apartment she sees a village, and inside she hears a woman calling her by her Hebrew name, Chaya. Hannah has no choice but to live Chaya’s life. Chaya’s parents are dead, but she lives with her adoring aunt and uncle, and she has lots of friends who enjoy her fairytales. When her uncle’s exciting wedding preparations are interrupted by the appearance of armed soldiers, Hannah realizes that this is no fairytale: Chaya lives in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1942, and Hannah knows the horrors hovering on the horizon. Yolen’s skillful use of time travel transports Hannah and young adult readers back to the Holocaust, an event that can never be fully comprehended, but must always be remembered.

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