Jewish Values: Walk Till You Disappear

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Place of Publication: 
Minneapolis
Publication Year: 
2019
Number of Pages: 
208 p.
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Miguel grows up Catholic in Tucson in Arizona territory on his family’s horse farm. In 1872 he is about to celebrate his 13h birthday, when his parents reveal their secret: they are Conversos of Jewish heritage. His older brothers know, but do not tell. Miguel is used to special meals every Friday evening, peddlers and immigrants visiting, but not their Hebrew fluency -- allowing them to read the secret family diary. Angry about his new identity which conflicts with his goal of becoming a priest, he rides away from home. This well plotted historical fiction incorporates icons of the American West: Native Americans, Cavalry, horse traders, dusty main streets, itinerant peddlers, and the social status of priests and a town wise man. It holds tension through hints of Jewish practices and foreshadowing.
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ISBN: 
9781541557222
Sydney Taylor Winner: 
No