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Book Title: Marika|
ISBN 13: 9780439556965
The author of the book: Andrea Cheng
Edition: Scholastic Inc
Date of issue: January 1st 2004
Format files: PDF
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Marika has a Jewish heritage but she's a practicing Catholic. Although her father says religion is unimportant, he advises her not to act "so Jewish." It's not a good time to be Jewish in Budapest. Marika has heard bits and pieces about the war, and knows about bad things happening to Jews in other countries. But she's convinced that those horrible acts cannot happen near her home. She's more concerned about surviving her parents' separation.By the time Marika is 11 years old, she has helped her father and uncle forge identity papers that will "prove" they are not a Jewish family. When Hungary is eventually occupied by the Nazis, Marika and her mother are taken away to a school where all Jewish people are gathered. Marika's father bribes a man to buy her freedom but not her mother's. Marika escapes, having forgotten to warn her mother not to volunteer for the work camps.
The Jewish Holocaust in Budapest is characterized by its late and swift occurrence. Marika's story reflects these tragic events.
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Read information about the authorAndrea Cheng is a Hungarian-American children's author and illustrator. The child of Hungarian immigrants, she was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio in an extended family with three generations under one roof. Her family spoke Hungarian and English at home. After graduating with a BA in English from Cornell University, she went to Switzerland, where she apprenticed to a bookbinder, attended a school of bookbinding called The Centro del Bel Libro, and learned French. Upon her return, she returned to Cornell to study Chinese and earned an MS in linguistics. Now she teaches English as a Second Language at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Her children’s books include Grandfather Counts, Marika, The Key Collection, Honeysuckle House, Where the Steps Were, The Bear Makers, and Brushing Mom’s Hair. With her husband, Jim Cheng, she has three children: Nicholas, Jane, and Ann.
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