Thirteen-year-old Rachel dreads the afternoons she has to spend with her great- grandmother, Nana Sashie-until Sashie begins to reminisce about her childhood in Russia and Rachel finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of memories. As the events and characters of Sashie’s past come to life, Rachel discovers a distant country and time, a time when Jews were forced to serve in the Czar’s armies or were murdered in pogroms, a time when nine-year-old Sashie devised a wonderful plan to save her family from danger. . . .
Kathryn Lasky is the author of Lucille’s Snowsuit for Knopf, and collaborated with Marylin Hafner on Lunch Bunnies and Science Fair Bunnies.Marylin Hafner has illustrated more than 100 children’s books, including the Molly and Emmet books.