David and Jonathan by Cynthia Voigt

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To preserve his relationship with his best friend, Jonathan, Hank becomes enmeshed in Jonathan's struggle to save his cousin, David, a Holocaust survivor, from his horrific memories of the war and his self-destructive behavior.
 

About Cynthia Voigt

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Cynthia Voigt was born on February 25, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College, did graduate work at St. Michael's College, and later received a teacher's certification from Christian Brothers College. After college, she worked for an advertising agency. Before becoming a full-time author, she was a secretary and a high school English teacher. Her first book, Homecoming, was published in 1981. Her children's books address such issues at child abuse and racism, topics that are not often talked about in books designed for children. She is the author of numerous books including the Bad Girls series, the Tillerman Cycle series, and the Kingdom series. She won the Notable Children's Trade Book in the field of social studies for Homecoming, the Newbery Medal, ALA in 1983 for Dicey's Song, and the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1984 for The Callender Papers. In 1995, she received the MAE Award.
 
Published January 1, 1992 by NY (1992). 249 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Flashing back, the book develops the relationships of the boys' youth--Hank's hurt at Jonathan's apparent coldness after David arrives, David's cruel needling as he acts out his angst, Jonathan's admission to Hank that he's sticking close to David to prevent his suicide.

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In Bad Girls in Love, the latest entry in her Bad Girls series, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt revisits the world of junior high, here exploring the experience of falling in love for the first time.

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(And although the direct discussion of the Holocaust is brief, it is inaccurate, with David telling Henry and Jonathan that the Nazis made prostitutes of all young and pretty Jewish women in the camps.) David, driven by a powerful death wish, permanently damages almost everyone in his wake.

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