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My Chocolate Year by Charlotte Herman
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Jan 09, 09

bookshelves: children-s-books, january-2009, jewish-fiction
Read in January, 2009

Dorrie is excitedly beginning 5th grade at the end of World War II, with a teacher who always holds a dessert contest at the end of the semester. The book alternates between Dorrie's kitchen disasters (with recipes included), and her family's concern for their relatives in Europe who they haven't heard from since early in the war. When they learn that one young cousin has survived, they work to bring him to the United States, and Dorrie learns to pay attention to the wider world. Somehow, her naivete about the war, her family's opportunity to travel from Chicago to New York during rationing, etc. don't ring true.
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