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HARDCOVER; Published: 8/1/2007
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5309-7
Price: $ 18.00
32 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 8.75 x 11.25

Ages 8-12
Full-color Illustrations Throughout
Lexile: 660L

DESCRIPTION
Year after year, Eli watches the solemn lighting of seven candles at his family's celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. On such a happy occasion, his parents and grandparents always seem sad, and Eli can't understand why.

Then one year Eli travels to Eastern Europe to learn more about his family history. There, he learns how the candles represent his family's connection to the Holocaust in Lithuania, and how remembering his ancestors can help heal years of grief and shame.

This powerful story, illuminated by Bill Farnsworth's sensitive brush strokes and muted palette, can be used as an introduction to World War II and the Holocaust, and will also remind young readers how they can make a difference in the lives of their families.



AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
Florida Book Awards, Bronze Medal, Children's Literature (2007)
Children's Book Council, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People (2008)
International Reading Association-Children's Book Council Joint Committee, Children's Choices (2008)
REVIEWS
School Library Journal
"The rich, textured oil paintings beautifully communicate the somber and serious mood of the text."
Publishers Weekly
"Simple, direct language follows Eli's trajectory from puzzlement and ignorance to horrific realization and resolve."