Greenhorn by Anna Olswanger

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In Anna Olswanger's Greenhorn, a young Holocaust survivor arrives at a New York yeshiva in 1946 where he will study and live. His only possession is a small box that he never lets out of his sight. Daniel, the young survivor, rarely talks, but the narrator, a stutterer who bears the taunts of the other boys, comes to consider Daniel his friend.The mystery of what's in the box propels this short work, but it's in the complex relationships of the school boys that the human story is revealed. In the end, Aaron, the stutterer, finds his voice and a friend in Daniel, and their bond offers hope for a future life of dreams realized, one in which Daniel is able to let go of his box. Greenhorn is a powerful story that gives human dimension to the Holocaust. It poignantly underscores our flawed humanity and speaks to the healing value of friendship. Families will want to read Greenhorn together.

About Anna Olswanger

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Anna Olswanger's Shlemiel Crooks (Junebug Books) is a Sydney Taylor Honor Book and PJ Library Book. In 2010 the Kaufman Center premiered a family musical based on Shlemiel Crooks at Merkin Hall in New York. Anna lives in the metro New York City area and is a literary agent with Liza Dawson Associates. Her website is Miriam Nerlove is a freelance artist and illustrator. A graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, she received her master's degree in printmaking from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and worked for a time in the photograph and slide library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She currently lives with her family just outside Chicago, where in addition to illustrating, she enjoys writing, music and painting, and working part-time at a library.
Published November 30, 2012 by Junebug Books. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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they mercilessly tease Aaron for stuttering, and they keep pushing at Daniel to reveal the contents of the box.

Sep 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Greenhorn

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An earnest boy who stutters, Aaron knows what it means to be an outsider in his yeshiva in 1946 Brooklyn (his classmates have nicknamed him “Gravel Mouth”).

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