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Devil's Arithmetic

by Jane Yolen  |  Grades: 5-8  |  Ages: 10-14  |  Lexile Level: 730

The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen Teacher Guide, Lesson Plans, Novel UnitAbout The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Hannah is tired of holiday gatherings-all her family ever talks about is the past. In fact, it seems to her that's what they do every Jewish holiday. But this year's Passover Seder will be different-Hannah will be mysteriously transported into the past . . . and only she knows the unspeakable horrors that await. 


A triumphantly moving book."-- Kirkus Reviews, pointer review

"[Yolen] adds much to understanding the effects of the Holocaust, which will reverberate throughout history, today and tomorrow."-- SLJ, starred review

'When 12-year-old Hannah is transported back to a 1940's Polish village, she experiences the very horrors that had embarrassed and annoyed her when her elders related their Holocaust experiences."-- Publishers Weekly

Biographical Notes About Jane Yolen

Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen (1939 -   ) now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, Jane Yolen is a person of many talents. When she is not writing, Yolen composes songs, is a professional storyteller on the stage, and is the busy wife of a university professor, the mother of three grown children, and a grandmother.

With a versatility that has led her to be called "America's Hans Christian Andersen," Yolen, the child of two writers, is a gifted and natural storyteller. Perhaps the best explanation for her outstanding accomplishments comes from Jane Yolen herself: "I don't care whether the story is real or fantastical. I tell the story that needs to be told." 

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