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My Chocolate Year by Charlotte Herman
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bookshelves: kidlit, historical-fiction
Read in April, 2008

This is a very sweet story of a Jewish family living in Chicago just after WWII. The adults in the family are very worried because they haven't had word from their relatives in Europe and don't know where they are or if they have survived the Nazis. Dorrie, the fifth grade protagonist, is excited because this year her class is doing Sweet Semester where they each make a delicious dessert and write an essay about it. The winner gets to be in the newspaper!

What I like about this book is that it sets a family story with the kinds of changes that normally happen: uncle loses job, aunt is getting married, girl worried about school; and sets it in the context of the war. When cousin Victor comes from Europe to live with the family after being in a concentration camp, the realities of war are described, but not as the center of the story.
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