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3.24  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Set against the backdrop of plague-ravaged Europe, this spellbinding new novel from one of Canada's foremost writers of historical fiction for young people will have readers racing to the electrifying climax.

Seventeen-year-old Natan has a safe and happy life in fourteenth-century Strasbourg, France. He works with his father in his rag trade, helps his mother around the hou
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Tundra Books
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Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book depicts the persecution of the Jewish people in a different time period than we're usually reading about: fourteenth-century Strasbourg. I always thought that it was Straßburg, and that it was a German town/region, but little did I know; it's right on the border between France and Germany and belongs to France nowadays.

The first chapter starts in October 1338. We're introduced to the heart-breaking story of the struggling Jews in the city. The Bubonic Plague (a.k.a. the Black Death) is
Munro's Kids
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Can we pretend that this is 2.5 stars? I didn't hate it, but wasn't blown away either. Here's the good and bad...

- Set in the 14th century, specifically in Strasbourg: this is great. I rarely read any kids books set in Medieval Europe, so this gets points just for that.
- The main character is Jewish and it looks pretty seriously at how Jews were treated and scapegoated at that time. Again awesome. Interesting to see how Jews and Christians could live very close to one another and interact,
Rachel Foley
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Elizabeth  Chang
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book....was.....AWESOME!

Okay, granted....perhaps my opinion can't be trusted because I've been reading boring classics for the past few months.


There was always something going on! It was exciting! And it was different! I've never read a book about Jewish people before, and it was interesting getting to know a little bit more about their culture. The ibburs were definitely cool. This was also about the black plague that happened...many, many, many, many....many, many years ago.

Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, review-copy, ya
3.5 stars.
I enjoyed this book.
This book centers around the persecution of Jewish people in 14th century Strasbourg, and I quickly learned this was a huge gaping hole in my knowledge. (This is why books are awesome.) For that alone, I'm very glad I read it.
I thought the book was well written, although the dialogue seemed out of place. I felt like I was reading something that had been translated too many times. From the dialogue alone, I would have had a really difficult time pinpointing the time
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I love Eva Wiseman and thinks she's tragically under-read. I found the magic realism a bit of a departure from the storytelling I know and love, but will undoubtedly find myself re-reading this book in a few years.
Angélica Alicea
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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Rachel Seigel
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
fascinating subject that draws a lot of parallels with the Holocaust, but just not well-written and I didn't find the characters to be terribly compelling.
Kristen McDermott
My review of this book appears in the 11/16 issue of the Historical Novels Review,

In this YA historical fantasy, one of Wiseman’s teenaged narrators is an ibbur, a figure described in Hebrew kabbalistic writings as a deceased soul who possesses the body of a living human in order to right a great wrong. In this case, Natan, the son of a rag-seller in 13th century Strasbourg, France, has been murdered as part of a plot to blame the city’s Jews for an outbr
First what I liked about this book is that it was a significant historical event, even though I was unfamiliar with it when I started to read the book. It is not necessary to know what happened in history, because the author is very good about getting you up to speed on the two main facts of the time. That the black death is being blamed on the Jews, and that Christian people in Strasbourg do not like the Jews. Weisman does a good job of describing how things are in this time, 1349, so it is eas ...more
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I expected in a wonderful way. It is about a Jewish boy in France who falls in love with a non-Jewish girl and then finds out something that gets him killed. The story overall is about the persecution of the Jewish population during the plagues. Many Jewish people were thought to have brought the plague to others since less Jewish people were dying from it, that is not to say that none died, but in a time when people had no idea about disease and how it spread if a populat ...more
Aug 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, trade-paper, arc
3.5 stars... I received this book to review thru LibraryThing, and was excited because I enjoy both historical fiction, and YA, and the period in which it is set interested me. I was getting into the story decently well, and found Natan to be a good character, however when it took a supernatural twist about a quarter of the way in I was a little put off. I prefer my historical fiction to be more believable and there were no hints in the description to prepare me for it. I took a few days away fr ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Set in the city of Strasbourg around 1350, "Another me" is the story of Natan and Elena, a Jew boy and a Christian girl, in the swirl of the events at the arrive in their town of the bubonic plague, caught between the goodness of some people and the meanness of others.
Told alternatively by the two protagonists, this isn't the "normal" love story you may expect. Instead, the mission Natan finds he must fulfill and its later developments have a strong and negative impact on Elena, who doesn't see
I received a free copy of Another Me from the publisher through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review -- thank you!

Another Me deals with a truly horrifying and little-known instance of anti-semitism from the 1300s. With the bubonic plague ravaging Europe, Jews were blamed for poisoning the well water and put to death as scapegoats.

It's within this social climate that we find Natan and Elena. Natan is determined to disprove what people are saying about the well water. But his quest to sha
Brittany Wisneski
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another Me is a middle grade book about the bubonic plague, persecution of Jewish people, and forbidden love between a Jewish boy and Christian girl in the 1300s. There's a bit of a mystical twist, though!

Though classified as middle grade, I would say this is an older middle grade/younger YA book. The love story is very tame, but there is a lot of violence toward the Jewish people and a very graphic description of what the bubonic plague does to the body. If you're a parent wondering whether you
Mikala Carpenter
Sep 10, 2016 rated it liked it
A good option for fans of historical fiction, Eva Wiseman's latest allows us to witness the resilience and strength of hope, faith, and love even as the world its characters used to know crumbles around them. A children's fictionalization of the historical account of the city of Strasbourg, France, in the 14th century, Another Me tells the story of first love, of faith and one's people, and of a city rife with racial and political unrest. In a time of adversity and violence, it leaves us questio ...more
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
I appreciated learning about the difficulties Jewish people in Strasbourg found themselves in already in the 14th century since I had not been aware. Already then they were blamed for all kinds of misfortunes - among them the plague - and were required to wear a yellow star. Further, there is quite a bit to be learned and discovered about the history of Strasbourg and the horrific plagues. Unfortunately, the story otherwise didn't work for me. I think it will take an older reader with much inter ...more
Kendall Chandler
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was very confused by it, but as much as the plot was an odd one, it was a really interesting book. It took a while to get over the switching of bodies, as the title hints, but it was intriguing to me. I don't usually read books like this, but it was so well written and had such charming characters, I couldn't put it down.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating, multi-layered, and utterly heart-breaking page-turner for young adults about a lesser known event in Jewish history - the Strasbourg massacre in 1349, one of the first pogroms in pre-modern history.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
Kim Piddington
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fast paced and interesting! Quick read.
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Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another Me tells the story of Natan, who is a Jewish boy living in Strasbourg. When he comes upon a group of thugs who wish to poison the town well and blame the Jew, he is caught up in the events in ways he cannot imagine. His first love Elena is horrified to find out what happens to him. The Jewish mystical elements are very well done and the characters are quite loveable, in particular, Natan's younger brother Shmuli. Recommended for teen readers who enjoy historical fiction with a mix of fan ...more
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Young adult fiction writer Eva Wiseman was born in Hungary and currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Eva possesses a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Arts degree, and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba. She has worked as a journalist for the Winnipeg Free Press and the former Winnipeg Tribune, and has taught English Second Language and GED courses to immigrant w ...more

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