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Broken Strings

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Broken Strings by Eric Walters and Kathy Kacer
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Sep 08, 2020 | ISBN 9780735266261
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One of Kirkus Reviews‘ Best Middle Grade Books of 2019
One of the Globe and Mail’s 100 Books that Shaped 2019
One of Quill And Quire’s Honorable Mentions for 2019 Books of the Year for Young People
One of CBC Books Best Canadian YA and Middle Grade Books of 2019

PRAISE FOR Broken Strings:

“Shirli’s voice is true and strong as she narrates her own tale of rehearsals, her very ethnically diverse friendships, her deep distress as she witnesses Zayde’s pain, and her joy as he reconnects with his music. A beautiful, painful, heartfelt reminder that the past is with us still.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred 

“Walters and Kacer pull of this impressive feat of complex storytelling and make it look easy . . . . [It is an] honest, open and unflinching [story] about some of the more dark and traumatic aspects of history.” Quill & Quire, starred

Broken Strings does a great job of combining a wide variety of interests — history, musical theatre, music, romance, realistic fiction — in one well-paced story. It’s a book with heart, and one that will definitely be added to my school library collection.” —CM Magazine

“Middle grade readers will have learned a great deal about the inhumanity of Nazism, as well as about the scars left on their victims. They will also come away with a sense of the damaging effects of silence, and the hope that, at least sometimes, burdens can be shared.” —Jewish Book Council 

“A tale that teaches both history and compassion; a great choice for middle grade readers.” —School Library Journal

“The author has interwoven threads of the response to the terrorism of the Twin Towers, reaction to immigrants and racial prejudices, and teenage anxieties into the story, each with a gentle touch. There is much food for thought provided by this book.” –Resource Links

“[T]he authors successfully connect 9/11 and the Holocaust in terms of persecution, intolerance, and loss. At the same time, lighter scenes featuring junior high school lunchroom banter, rehearsal drama, and does-he-like-me uncertainty ensure that younger readers, who are perhaps less aware of the Holocaust, will stay engaged.” –Booklist


Red Maple Award NOMINEE 2021

Snow Willow Award NOMINEE 2020

National Chapter IODE Violet Downey Award SHORTLIST 2020

Rocky Mountain Book Award SHORTLIST 2021

Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards SHORTLIST 2020

Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature SHORTLIST 2020

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