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Elana K. Arnold

Autor(a) de A Boy Called Bat

27 Works 2,835 Membros 113 Reviews

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Obras de Elana K. Arnold

A Boy Called Bat (2018) 693 cópias
Damsel (2018) 555 cópias
Bat and the Waiting Game (2018) 293 cópias
Red Hood (2020) 267 cópias
Bat and the End of Everything (2019) 171 cópias
What Girls Are Made of (2017) 147 cópias
The Question of Miracles (2015) 83 cópias
Sacred (2012) 76 cópias
What Riley Wore (2019) 74 cópias
The House That Wasn't There (2021) 71 cópias
Infandous (2015) 70 cópias
Burning (2013) 55 cópias
Just Harriet (2022) 49 cópias
Far from Fair (2016) 43 cópias
The Blood Years (2023) 42 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



friendship, cats, family, fiction, middle grade, children, knitting, adventure, middle-grade, 11yo
BiblioMaru | outras 2 resenhas | Apr 7, 2024 |
Gr 9 Up—Jewish teen Rieke's happy life in Romania changes in horrible, unimaginable ways during the Holocaust in
this compelling novel based on Arnold's grandmother's experiences. It's a heartbreaking, exquisitely written
exploration of the bonds of sisterhood, love, and morality amid persecution, illness, and hunger.
BackstoryBooks | outras 2 resenhas | Apr 1, 2024 |
Set in Czernowitz, Romania, between fall 1939 and 1945, The Blood Years tells the story of a Jewish family in the vise of war, as their city is occupied first by the Russians, then by the Germans, then the Russians again. Rules become more and more restrictive, food and essentials become scarce, and danger is everywhere. Frederieke's family - her beloved grandfather, her prone-to-depression mama, her beautiful and stubborn older sister Astra, and her often absent father - are the core characters, and are based on real people, as are some of the secondary characters, such as dancer Ruth. Rieke comes down with tuberculosis, and Astra's doctor husband Marcel makes careful calculations about what care they can get her, and when; he also helps her escape from the hospital before it's cleared out by Nazis. Rieke is weak, but makes strong choices, and refuses to give in, and she survives the relentlessly grim years of terror and depredation and survives.

See also: The Lost Year by Katherine Marsh, I Will Betray You by Ruta Sepetys, The Girl Who Sang by Estelle Nadel


"Rats are smart and fast, and they survive." (Astra, 30)

That's one of the many things Opa and I have in common, our love of routine. Our desire for things to stay the same. (31)

"Well, the future is uncertain for everyone - these days more than ever. Still, there are only two ways to go, Frederieke, in dance and in life. You choose your path, or it chooses you." (Madame Lucia, 68)

"Never pray for a new king." (Opa, 132)

I guess people can get used to almost everything... (138)

Have they always hated us this much, our Romanian neighbors? Or is hatred as easy to catch as a cold, as quick to spread as my own illness has, in my body? (221)

I know that I should be used to shifting borders at this point. But this fence...makes me feel both powerless and angry. That the rules can change so fast, that we have absolutely no control over what those rules will be, even though we're the chess pieces who are forced to move in step with them, who will live or die because of them. (270)

I want to believe what Opa told me...that our capacity to love is greater than their hate. But...is it? ...Their hate is enormous - as wide as the sky - but also so petty and small that it will go into the littlest room in a family's apartment, seek out the one scrap of delicate beauty, and destroy it. (286)

"Sometimes we choose between bad, and worse." (Astra, 312)
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JennyArch | outras 2 resenhas | Mar 4, 2024 |
Kiki Karpovich, a brown-skinned, dark-haired girl, is lonely and wishes for friends. When she finds a goldfish in the street and rescues it to her bathtub, it grants her a wish - but it can only grant small wishes. No matter what wish Kiki thinks of, each one is too big for the fish - yet the fish seems to be growing, so Kiki begins digging a pond for it outside. And in the process, she loses her shyness and gains some friends.

See also: Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root and G. Brian Karas

Author's note.
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JennyArch | Feb 12, 2024 |



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