Jewish Values: Honey Cake

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Publication Year: 
2008
Number of Pages: 
101 p.
Note: 
With its sepia cover, rough-trimmed pages, and old-fashioned font, this novel resonates of a time past—in this case, of German-occupied Denmark in the 1940s. The well-placed line drawings enhance the text, so generous they make Honey Cake feel almost like a graphic novel. The story is told in the first person by David Nathan, a ten-year-old Jewish boy living in Copenhagen. The other main characters are his older sister Rachel, his best friend Elsa, as well as decent, likeable adults—his teacher, parents, and the king—who are drawn with sensitivity and humor. A fast-paced story, based on real events, Honey Cake builds suspense until the final scene—the family’s escape to Sweden. Two letters written by David and Elsa serve as an authentic dénouement.
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ISBN: 
978-0-375-85189-6
Book ID: 
1235
Sydney Taylor Winner: 
No