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Apr 01, 1994
| ISBN 9780440219033
| Young Adult
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Mar 19, 2013
| ISBN 9780307548443
| Young Adult
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Apr 01, 1994 | ISBN 9780440219033 | Young Adult
Mar 19, 2013 | ISBN 9780307548443 | Young Adult
A masterful portrayal of hatred, prejudice and manipulation that challenges readers to examine how they would behave in the face of evil. Henry meets and befriends Mr. Levine, an elderly Holocaust survivor, who is carving a replica of the village where he lived and which was destroyed in the war. Henry’s friendship with Mr. Levine is put to the test when his prejudiced boss, Mr. Hairston, asks Henry to destroy Mr. Levine’s village.
Money’s tight and Henry is lucky to have the job at Mr. Hairston’s grocery store. His parents are both lost in despair following the death of Henry’s older brother, and Henry is glad for the opportunity to feel like he’s helping. Saving to buy a marker for Eddie’s grave, Henry tries to ignore Mr. Hairston’s commentary about the customers. But Henry is shocked when he is told he’s being laid off. That is, unless he agrees to do one thing, one terrible thing.
Robert Cormier (1925–2000) changed the face of young adult literature over the course of his illustrious career. His many books include The Chocolate War, I Am the Cheese, Fade, Tenderness, After the First Death, Heroes, Frenchtown Summer, and The Rag and Bone Shop. In 1991 he received the Margaret… More about Robert Cormier
“[The book] will make fascinating material for group discussion.”–School Library Journal
Sydney Taylor Book Award, Association of Jewish Libraries
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