By Ann M. Martin
Ann Martin's extraordinary Newbery Honor booklet, now in paperback
The summer time Hattie turns 12, her predictable small-town existence is became on finish whilst her uncle Adam returns domestic for the 1st time in over ten years. Hattie hasn't ever met him, by no means recognized approximately him. He's been institutionalized; his consists of schizophrenia and autism.
Hattie, a shy lady who prefers the corporate of adults, takes instantly to her excitable uncle, even if the remainder of the relatives — her mom and dad and grandparents — have difficulty facing his severe method of seeing the area. And Adam, too, sees that Hattie is specific, that her quiet, shy methods should not a disability...
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Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, Germany In 1943, Jewish inmates of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp were determined to celebrate Hannukah. The men saved up bits of fat from their small food portions. The women pulled out threads from their tattered clothing and twisted them into makeshift wicks. They transformed half of a raw potato into a candleholder. Dreidels were carved out of their wooden shoes, and given to the dozen children in the camp. Risking their lives, the prisoners made their way to Barrack 10 on the first night of Hanukkah, where a Hasidic rabbi conducted a candlelighting ceremony, giving these poor, suffering Jews a sense of spiritual strength similar to that found in the story of the Maccabees.
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