Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Devil's Arithmetic (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) School & Library Binding – August 1, 1990
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From School Library Journal
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I think this was a BRILLIANT book, and I have read it more than once. It may be a little deep for those under 11, but it is good for a reader looking for a challange. Beyond that, it is in depth with the Holocaust. I reccommend anyone studying the subject to read it. Also, I believe this will greatly touch young Jews who seem like Hannah at the beginning of the story. I can't see how the story is unable to touch anyone's heart.
Hannah, a modern Jewish girl, is irritated by the Passover Seder and the "remembering" of the Holocaust, which some of her relatives lived through. But when she opens the door for Elijah, she is transported through time and space to a village in Poland.
Soon the Nazis arrive, and Hannah (called "Chaya" by everyone in this new time) must both try to survive and to keep her friends alive in the deathcamps.
I tried very, very hard to summarize this story, but the spiritual and emotional tones are simply impossible to talk about. This is an intense book, the descriptions of it simply can't express the greatness of this plot.
A haunting tale of life, death, memory and sorrow. Even though this is a children's book, it may be disturbing for younger readers--you might want to talk to your children about it afterward.
The story involves 12 year old Hannah, who is bored out of her mind at her family's Seder in the current day, and just being an unhappy typical pre-teen annoyed by all her older relatives fussing over her and telling her how it's all about remembering yadda yadda.
But when she goes ungraciously to the door to welcome Elijah, the whole world changes and suddenly she is in a Polish shtetl on the eve of a joyous wedding celebration. Everyone thinks she is Chaya, a recently orphaned relative. But when Germans and trucks show up to "resettle" the villagers, Hannah/Chaya is the one who knows what's really happening and what is going to happen.
Hannah/Chaya experiences both the joys of the soon-to-be-gone shtetl life and the horrors of transport and the camps, making this an excellent educational read for young adult readers who aren't interested in non-fiction about the Shoah. And I especially liked the way the framing story acknowledges that sometimes Passover and the Seder can seem like a drag to an older child too old for the "childish" parts of the tradition but not old enough to appreciate the deeper meanings.
This was a very fast read as an adult and I'd recommend it for older kids with some understanding of the Shoah. Even though it's written as a young adult book, I found myself fully involved in the story and moved by it, and was in tears at various parts. It's well worth reading during this season as a reminder of all we need to remember and how much we have to be grateful for in our freedom.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am an adult and this is a youth book. My daughter had to read it and so I decided to read it as well. Very good book.Published 6 days ago by LoganW
A novel in which a Jewish teen learns the lesson of her life during Passover Seder. No spoilers, but there is a twist which forces the teen to come to terms with the legacy of the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by FLoridaGirl27
Bought this for my 10 year old grandson who was reading book for school. He had left his copy in his desk so we ordered the kindle edition. Was a very good book for his age groupPublished 18 days ago by jill rivers
This is an excellent story to introduce and teach children the awfulness of the holocaust. A young Jewish girl doesn't see the point in 'remembering' about her family's horrible... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
We read this in school and when the teacher said to put the books away everyone wanted to read more at first it didn't interest me but know I love the bookPublished 1 month ago by Reyna
I was assigned this book by my teacher in seventh grade. At first I thought that it could be a bit better, but as I got to the fourth or fifth chapter I started to read more and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carol Aker