Puppet by Eva Wiseman

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A heartbreaking episode in history, explained through the story of a young servant girl in the late 1800s.

The year is 1882. A young servant girl named Esther disappears from a small Hungarian village. Several Jewish men from the village of Tisza Eszvar face the ‘blood libel’ — the centuries-old calumny that Jews murder Christian children for their blood. A fourteen-year-old Jewish boy named Morris Scharf becomes the star witness of corrupt authorities who coerce him into testifying against his fellow Jews, including his own father, at the trial.

This powerful fictionalized account of one of the last blood libel trial in Europe is told through the eyes of Julie, a friend of the murdered Esther, and a servant at the jail where Morris is imprisoned. Julie is no stranger to suffering herself. An abused child, when her mother dies her alcoholic father separates her from her beloved baby sister. Julie and Morris, bound by the tragedy of the times, become unlikely allies. Although Puppet is a novel, it is based upon a real court case that took place in Hungary in 1883. In Hungary today, the name Morris Scharf has become synonymous with “traitor.”

Once again, Eva Wiseman illuminates a heartbreaking episode in history for young readers.

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About Eva Wiseman

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Hungarian-born novelist Eva Wiseman has received numerous prizes, including the McNally Robinson Books for Young People Award for My Canary Yellow Star. That novel and A Place Not Home were selected for the New York Public Library's annual Best Books for the Teen Age list. Kanada was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award and as the winner of the prestigious Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction. Eva Wiseman is the mother of two and lives in Winnipeg with her husband.
Published April 16, 2009 by Tundra Books. 254 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Travel, History. Fiction

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An infamous late-19th-century trial in Hungary serves as the basis for Wiseman's (My Canary Yellow Star ) dramatic novel, which introduces the anti-Semitic p

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