The Devil's Arithmetic

Paperback | October 1, 1990

byJane Yolen

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"A triumphantly moving book."  —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Hannah dreads going to her family's Passover Seder—she's tired of hearing her relatives talk about the past. But when she opens the front door to symbolically welcome the prophet Elijah, she's transported to a Polish village in the year 1942. Why is she there, and who is this "Chaya" that everyone seems to think she is? Just as she begins to unravel the mystery, Nazi soldiers come to take everyone in the village away. And only Hannah knows the unspeakable horrors that await. A critically acclaimed novel from multi-award-winning author Jane Yolen. 


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

"Readers will come away with a sense of tragic history that both disturbs and compels." —Booklist

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award
An American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists"

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As Passover approaches, Hannah thinks about her family’s Seder and feels dread. The last thing she wants to hear is her relatives telling the same old stories about people long dead and events that are long finished. She’s thinking about all of these things when she opens the door to symbolically greet the prophet Elijah and suddenly g...

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"A triumphantly moving book."  —Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewHannah dreads going to her family's Passover Seder—she's tired of hearing her relatives talk about the past. But when she opens the front door to symbolically welcome the prophet Elijah, she's transported to a Polish village in the year 1942. Why is she there, and who is thi...

Jane Yolen is the author of more than three hundred books, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?. Her books and stories have won the Caldecott Medal, National Jewish Book Award and numerous awards and accolades. She splits her time between Massachusetts and St. Andrews, Scotland.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.75 × 5.06 × 0.46 inPublished:October 1, 1990Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140345353

ISBN - 13:9780140345353

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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As Passover approaches, Hannah thinks about her family’s Seder and feels dread. The last thing she wants to hear is her relatives telling the same old stories about people long dead and events that are long finished. She’s thinking about all of these things when she opens the door to symbolically greet the prophet Elijah and suddenly goes back in time to early 1940s Poland. In The Devil’s Arithmetic, Jane Yolen brings to life the tragedy so many children have heard about but don’t understand.