Jewish Values: Bat-Chen Diaries, The

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Publication Year: 
2009
Number of Pages: 
112 p.
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Bat-Chen Shahak's collected journal entries, letters, poems, and photos introduce us to a charming and gifted Israeli girl, as she grew from age ten to fourteen. Her sensitivity, innocence, and her ultimate fate evoke an earlier diarist who wrote "despite everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart." Most American youngsters will identify with Bat-Chen's writings, wherein she describes her first schoolgirl crush, feelings of love yet annoyance with her parents, and sadness at the death of beloved grandparents. Of course, there are a few experiences that American children might not identify with so readily, like struggling to learn to don a gas mask, and repeated childhood poems expressing a longing for peace. Bat-Chen and two friends were among 15 people killed by a suicide bomber in Tel Aviv in March 1996 on the day of her 15th birthday.
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ISBN: 
978-0-8225-8807-8
Book ID: 
1285
Sydney Taylor Winner: 
No