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Broken strings, Eric Walters and Kathy Kacer

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Broken strings
Title
Broken strings
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Eric Walters and Kathy Kacer
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Language
eng
Summary
"It's 2002. In the aftermath of the twin towers, ... Shirli Berman is intent on moving forward ... She auditions for the lead role in Fiddler on the Roof, but is crushed to learn that she's been given the part of the old Jewish mother ... rather than the coveted part of the sister ... Deciding to throw herself into the role, she rummages in her grandfather's attic for some props. There, she discovers an old violin in the corner--strange, since her Zayde has never seemed to like music ... Showing it to her grandfather unleashes an anger in him she has never seen before, and while she is frightened of what it might mean, Shirli keeps trying to connect with her Zayde and discover the awful reason behind his anger"--Dust jacket flap
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  • Grades 5-7 It's 2002 and seventh grader Shirli Berman is disappointed to have been cast as the mother (rather than the ingénue daughter) in her school production of Fiddler on the Roof. While searching her grandfather Zayde's attic for costumes and props, she discovers an old violin, somewhat surprising since Zayde has never shown any interest in music. Gradually, the play begins to coalesce, Shirli's friendship with her crush/stage husband Ben develops, and Zayde opens up about his past as a violinist and prisoner at Auschwitz. Walters and Kacer's richly emotional text manages to feel both contemporary and historic. Set in New Jersey in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, the authors successfully connect 9/11 and the Holocaust in terms of persecution, intolerance, and loss. At the same time, lighter scenes featuring junior high school lunchroom banter, rehearsal drama, and does-he-like-me uncertainty ensure that younger readers, who are perhaps less aware of the Holocaust, will stay engaged. When the play's sponsor is sidelined, Zayde steps in as director, successfully resolving the story's many threads. -- Kay Weisman (Reviewed 11/15/2019) (Booklist, vol 116, number 6, p48)
  • Gr 5 Up—Shirli was born with music in her blood, so landing a lead role in her middle school's production of Fiddler on the Roof is an amazing opportunity. Unfortunately, she isn't given the role of one of the sisters as she was expecting, but the role of the mother. Disappointed at first, Shirli tries to embrace the role and its benefits, including spending time with her stage husband and crush Ben Morgan. On a quest to prepare for her performance, Shirli asks her grandfather for props from the old clothes and furniture in his attic. There she discovers an old violin and poster for her grandfather and his family's band. When Shirli asks her grandfather, who never listens to music or seems to have any musical talent, about the violin, he tells her of the time he spent playing in a concentration camp during World War II. As her grandfather slowly recounts bits of his and his family's stories, she begins to feel a new closeness to him, as well as to her role in the musical. Taking place in the year after 9/11, the novel weaves the uncertainty and discrimination felt during the time following the terrorist attacks with Shirli's grandfather's experience during World War II. VERDICT A tale that teaches both history and compassion; a great choice for middle grade readers.—Jayna Ramsey, Douglas County Libraries in Parker, CO --Jayna Ramsey (Reviewed 08/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 7, p71)
  • /* Starred Review */ Zayde's memories profoundly affect his young granddaughter. In the aftermath of 9/11, the school's annual musical is to be Fiddler on the Roof, because its themes resonate. Eighth grader Shirli is a very talented singer and actor who is disappointed to be given the lead part of Tevye's wife, Golde, who has no solo. She believes that her beloved grandfather can help her research background for the play, although she knows almost nothing of his past. Zayde has never allowed any form of music in his home, and when Shirli finds an old, damaged violin in the attic, it causes him great pain. As the play begins to take over Shirli's life, she shares it all with Zayde, who finds he is able to recount bits of their family history. His mother barely survived the pogroms in Russia. When he was a child, he played violin in his family's klezmer band. And then came the Holocaust and the hell that was Auschwitz, where he lost them all and was forced to play music as his fellow Jews went to the gas chambers. Shirli's voice is true and strong as she narrates her own tale of rehearsals, her very ethnically diverse friendships, her deep distress as she witnesses Zayde's pain, and her joy as he reconnects with his music. A beautiful, painful, heartfelt reminder that the past is with us still. (authors' note, acknowledgements) (Fiction. 10-14) (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10804886
Cataloging source
YDX
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1957-
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Walters, Eric
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1954-
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Kacer, Kathy
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True
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  • Musical theater
  • Grandfathers
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Jewish families
  • Families
  • Family secrets
  • Musical theater
  • Grandfathers
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Family life
  • Secrets
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Broken strings, Eric Walters and Kathy Kacer
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Publication
Note
The "o" in the word "Broken" in the title appears as a Star of David
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
on1079864513
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9780735266247
Lccn
2018955366
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1079864513
Label
Broken strings, Eric Walters and Kathy Kacer
Publication
Note
The "o" in the word "Broken" in the title appears as a Star of David
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1079864513
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9780735266247
Lccn
2018955366
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1079864513

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