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From a New York Times bestselling author comes a journey ofloss and rebirth with a startling premise inspired by historical fact.Estrella is a Marrano: one of the Spanish Jews living double lives whenthose who refused conversion risked everything. Estrella's discovery thather family secretly practices the ancient way of wisdom known as kabbalahleads her to her true self and true love-but also to a devastatingconfrontation with unimaginable evil, unleashed by the betrayal of afriend. With themes of faith, friendship, and persecution, Alice Hoffman'stragic and beautiful novel resonates profoundly in our times.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316010191
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 166 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jan 09, 2017

A wonderful short story of a young girls envelopment in a world of hate brought on by her former best friend. Amazing/sad how easy it is for people to rally behind idea of hate and eliminate a whole race of people from a community. (We need to be care of those who gain power). Remember me.

Jun 17, 2013

Loved it. Nuff said

Ninja_Kevin Jun 03, 2012

I totally agree with you Nat_18!!! This is a really good book! I also think that the romance part between Esther and Andres is one of my favorite parts!

Nat_18 Jan 15, 2012

This book is so great, especially the romance part between Esther and Andres! That even though they had to fight for their love nothing came between them. when i first started reading this book I couldn't put it down. I loved it so much that I would re-read it again!!!

Aug 02, 2011

One of the most amazing books I have ever read. Captivating, beautifully written, and very sad. There needs to be more books like this out there.

May 26, 2011

A great book of truth that we had lived without for years and something that I would read again. Its a journey and from the first page I was sucked in.


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Jun 25, 2013

Estrella thought she knew just how life was supposed to be. Then she learns a terrible secret that turns her life upside down. Amidst betrayal and love we follow her through her Spanish town that's been ripped apart by segregation of religion.

Estrella and Catalina have been best friends forever, closer than sisters. What will happen to their friendship if they both care about the same boy? When Catalina’s cousin Andres begins to show interest in Estrella, Catalina can’t help but feel threatened. This love triangle could have fatal consequences as the Spanish Inquisition creates a mob atmosphere in their town. The townsfolk are turning against each other in their search for Marranos, or secret Jews. Even though Estrella’s family has lived here for 500 years as Christians, she is starting to worry that they might have something to hide. With people being killed just on the basis of rumors, she’s also worried that her closest friend might become her most dangerous enemy. Grades 7-12 , 166 pages


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