Jewish Values: Turning Point, The

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154 p.
Vivid characters, a fast-moving plot, a serious theme, and a humorous point of view are combined in this story about a Jewish family who moves from a Jewish enclave in the Bronx to the suburbs. The memorable main character is 12 year old Hannah Brand, a girl with a smart mouth and a big heart. As she and her older brother Zack experience anti-Semitism in school, among their peers, and among their adult neighbors, their parents deal with it in realistic ways - sometimes by looking the other way. Set in 1938, knowledge of Nazi atrocities against Jews intensifies the Jewish characters' awareness of prejudice at home. The relationship between Hannah and her brother is especially appealing.
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