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Fifteen-year-old Rivka Liebermann, the daughter of a highly respected doctor in Prague’s walled Jewish quarter, has just learned of her arranged betrothal to Oskar Kara, her brother’s friend. Although Oskar seems gentle, kind, and wise, she hardly knows him. Whenever she thinks of the upcoming marriage, she feels a terrible pain in her stomach. Rivka thinks that if she cou ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 8th 2001 by Cricket Books
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Rain Misoa
Apr 29, 2013 Rain Misoa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Short Book Lovers and people who don't mind religion.
Recommended to Rain by: Library
What a cute, simple read. This did not take me long at all to finish. I read it in one sitting.

I went to the library (no surprise there; I practically live at the library), looking for something different to read. Something brand new and out of my normal go-to genre. Well, when I was browsing the shelves, I stumbled upon this book right here. What drew me in at first was the cover. It was beautifully illustrated and bright with an assortment of colors. So I picked it up, read the synopsis, and t
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Sandra Stiles
If you love historical fiction as much as I do then this is the book for you. Rivka is a fifteen year old girl who lives in the Jewish ghetto of Prague. The time period is the late 1800's. Unlike many of the other Jews in the ghetto, her family has it much better. You may be wondering why. Her father is a doctor and there for is considere upper class in the ghetto.

Rivka is best friends with her brother Jakob. She has grown up listening to his stories about the outside world. He has left Prague t
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Rosa Cline
This was a First Read Good Reads giveaway book, am so glad I was chosen to read this. I don't personally know enough about Jewish believes and History to know if this is actually a biography or just 'based on History'; either way it is wonderful read. It opens the reader up to want to do their own research on Prague and the Toleration Edict. This story setting is in 1778 in Prague. There is a huge wall built around the town to separate the Jewish community from the Christians. The main character ...more
Melissa
I was really excited to read this. I even went out and bought it because the library didn't have a copy and it was....ok.

I liked the ending a lot. I was relieved the direction I thought it was going in wasn't the reality.

However, I just never felt pulled into the book. There are some beautiful desriptions and some stand out moments. But nothing ever felt that dire. If it was that kind of book fine, but I think it wanted it to be more intense than it was. It was very informative and I liked hea
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Rosa Cline
This was a First Read Good Reads giveaway book, am so glad I was chosen to read this. I don't personally know enough about Jewish believes and History to know if this is actually a biography or just 'based on History'; either way it is wonderful read. It opens the reader up to want to do their own research on Prague and the Toleration Edict. This story setting is in 1778 in Prague. There is a huge wall built around the town to separate the Jewish community from the Christians. The main character ...more
T.D.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. And I honestly enjoyed it very much. I was pulled right in to the story and the details were so rich that I had no trouble imagining the events. I also enjoyed learning a bit more about a part of history I knew little about. The story wrapped up a little abruptly... but them again, maybe that's only because I wanted it to go on so I keep keep reading about the characters' lives. I will definitely be sharing this one with my childre ...more
Linda Todd
Dec 06, 2014 Linda Todd rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Linda by: a gift
This was only the first part but what I read was very good and I would like to read the rest of the book. Well this part of the story was well thought out I hope to read more of Rivka's adventures so yes I would be delighted to recommend this book to my friends keep smiling.
Tori
Jul 24, 2011 Tori added it
2003- Before this book, I never knew about the Jewish ghetto in Prague, where Jews lived for hundreds of years, barely making much contact with the outside world, and when they did, facing great discrimination along the way. Rivka, the main character, is considered to be part of the upper class in the ghetto. Her father is a doctor, and she is set to marry a man who everyone loves- except her, for she doesn't even know him. After seeing a bit of the outer world of the ghetto on an errand with he ...more
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Teri writes novels, short stories, essays, stories for children, nonfiction for both children and adults, and lots of appellate briefs.

Her stories and essays have appeared in publications as diverse as Education Week, Scope Magazine, The Iowa Review, Cricket Magazine, and The American Literary Review.

Teri's books have received the following honors and distinctions:

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