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Fourteen-year-old Ellie will do almost anything to win a scholarship to the best speech school in the country, but must decide if she is willing to hide her Jewish heritage while at a Phoenix, Arizona, summer camp that could help her reach her goal.
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., c2011.
ISBN: 9780802721778
Branch Call Number: FIC/DOMINY
Characteristics: 247 p. ; 22 cm.


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Aug 19, 2013

Ellie wants more than anything to get into the local private high school with its impressive speech and debate program. To do so, she has to attend a camp and apply for a scholarship. The trouble? She’s Jewish and the lady in charge of giving out the scholarship is fiercely anti-Semitic. So Ellie pretends to be Lutheran, forcing her to think about her own identity and what it means to be who she is. Kind of a fun book. The hate-filled parts are really hard to read no matter who’s hating whom—but as a Lutheran myself, I would say: take a page from this book and don’t judge anyone—Jew or Gentile—on their cultural identity and the stereotypes thereof.


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