I've read several historical novels of this period in which the Jews were treated as pariahs. When I saw this story, told through the eyes of a 12 year old girl, the granddaughter of a famous rabbi, I was immediately attracted. The conflicting emotions that Elvina feels are told skilfully by the author (a niece of Simone Weil) and interpreted brilliantly by the narrator. This is a beautiful tale that should not only be read by the target audience of 10 to 15 year old girls, but by anyone who enjoys a heartwarming message. It shows that reaching out to understand and help someone who is very different from oneself brings unexpected blessings.
The entire Left Behind Kids series is an excellent listen for longer road trips. My children (12, 10) enjoyed each volume, and it was entertaining for myself as well. I am thrilled to support Christian based entertainment when it is well done, and the performance style of this series holds your attention.
It should be noted that I have not read any of the books prior to listening to these dramatized versions???kind of like watching a movie before reading the book, there are probably some artistic liberties taken.