Jewish Values: The Baby Experiment

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Place of Publication: 
Toronto
Publication Year: 
2012
Number of Pages: 
152 p.
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Hiding her Jewish identity, Johanna gets a job in an orphanage. After experiencing the cruelty of the baby experiment, where lack of nurturing leads to infant deaths, her strongly held Jewish values impel her to take a huge risk. She runs away from the orphanage, taking a baby with her. Set in Germany in 1703, Johanna’s suspenseful story captures the harshness of the times: disease, poverty, crime, and rampant anti-Semitism. Her escape takes her, after many harrowing events, to Amsterdam, thanks to the kindness of strangers whom she meets during her flight. Jewish values provide the motivation for Joanna’s actions and imbue her character with its steely sense of knowing right from wrong. The novel’s other characters are also portrayed as realistic and distinct individuals, interacting against a vividly realized historical background.
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ISBN: 
9781459701359
Book ID: 
1571
Sydney Taylor Winner: 
No