Broken Song by Kathryn Lasky

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The year is 1897, and gifted violinist Reuven Bloom is fifteen years old. Life for the Jews in Russia is very hard. First Reuven’s best friend is captured to serve in the Tsar’s army, and then his parents and older sister are murdered. Reuven’s dreams of music must be set aside. Now he has only one goal: escape. With his baby sister strapped to his back, Reuven sets off toward an unknown freedom. His journey takes him first across Russia, and then ultimately to America. Readers will remember Reuven as the revolutionary who helped Sashie and her family flee from Russia in The Night Journey. In Broken Song, Reuven’s own powerful story unfolds.


About Kathryn Lasky

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Award-winning author Kathryn Lasky has written many fiction and nonfiction books for children, including the Newbery Honor book Sugaring Time. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Published February 15, 2007 by Puffin. 164 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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This companion to Night Journey (1981) explores the plight of 15-year-old Reuven Bloom, a brilliant young Russian Jewish violinist whose music is “broken” by the horrors of late-19th-century pogroms.

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Following a number of life-threatening encounters and just as many narrow escapes, Reuven and his sister are miraculously united with their cousin, Lovotz Sperling, a well-known and respected leader of the Bund --- the Algemayner Yidisher Arbayter of Lithuania, Poland, and Russia, also known as t...

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