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My Guardian Angel

Written by Sylvie Weil

Translated by Gillian Rosner

The streets are eerily empty, and everyone in the Jewish community is terrified of Peter the Hermit. His men, the Crusaders, are moving through the town on their way to the Holy Land. The have been known to batter down doors and burn Jewish houses, all in the name of religion.

This is no Nazi Germany, but Troyes, France, in 1096, as seen through the eyes of funny, feisty, twelve-year-old Elvina. She is the granddaughter of the great rabbi, Rashi, and she knows how to read and write--which is very rare for a girl of her time. She draws strength from this, as well as from her Guardian Angel, to whom she speaks constantly.

On a cold Sabbath afternoon while Elvina is alone in the house, three soldiers pound at her door. One of them is wounded. Elvina has only a moment to make a difficult choice that could put her family and the entire community at risk.Can her guardian angel guide her and keep her safe?

Winner of the PrixSorcieres, France's most prestigious award for children's literature, My Guardian Angel is a story of compassion and tolerance that speaks clearly to readers of all faiths. Elvina's voice lingers long in the memory, and her courage and humor long in the heart.

Reviews and Awards

New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
ALA "Amelia Bloomer Project" Award Winner
Sydney Taylor Honor Book
Prix Sorcieres

"Elvina... Provides a candid and often humorous perspective on everyday life of the period as well as an intriguing take on the experience of being Jewish in Europe in 1096." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

⋆ "Readers don't have to be Jewish to appreciate this beautifully written story and its wonderfully realized characters and fascinating setting.... Lovely." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review


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Fall 2004
Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 0-439-57681-4
Price: $16.95/$22.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 208
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes