Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Hoffman, Alice.
Boston : Little, Brown, 2006
ISBN 0316010197

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Imagine one day being told you are not what you've been led to believe for your entire life. "If every life is a river, than it's little wonder that we do not even notice the changes that occur until we are far out in the darkest sea. One day you look around and nothing is familiar, not even your own face. My name once meant daughter, granddaughter, friend, sister, beloved.   Now those words mean only what their letters spell out: Star in the night sky. Truth in the darkness. I have crossed over to a place where I never thought I'd be. I am someone I would have never imagined. A secret. A dream. I am this, body and soul. Burn me. Drown me. Tell me lies. I will still be who I am." (p. 3)   (Rhode Island Teen Book Award nominee 2007-2008)

Booktalk #2

Set during the Spanish Inquisition, this is the story of two best friends, Estrella and Catalina. Estrella realizes that her family is secretly Jewish, and when Catalina discovers that the man she intends to marry has fallen in love with Estrella, she betrays Estrella’s family with tragic consequences. (Florida Teen Read, 2009)

SUBJECTS:     Prejudices -- Fiction.
                        Identity -- Fiction.
                        Marranos -- Fiction.
                        Jews -- Spain -- Fiction.
                        Inquisition -- Spain -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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