Jewish Values: Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba

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2009
Number of Pages: 
208 p.
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A coming-of-age story and an unusual piece of Holocaust history, told in free verse. A 13-year old boy named Daniel has been sent away by his German Jewish parents after Kristallnacht. His ship has been turned away from the shores of the United States and Canada before finally being allowed to dock in Havana, Cuba. Daniel’s longing for his family and his haunting memories of the night of breaking glass are constant throughout the novel. In Havana he meets and becomes friendly with12-year- old Paloma, who has discovered that her father is in the business of selling visas to refugees and then exposing those refugees to the Cuban authorities. She and Daniel share a lot of cultural information from their varying backgrounds and decide to help hide a Jewish woman with a non-Jewish husband who is under suspicion of being a Nazi spy. Their story is effectively told in alternating narratives. Winner of the 2010 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Teens.
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ISBN: 
978-0805089363
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1361
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