Rachel's Secret by Shelly Sanders

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Rachel is a Jew living in Kishinev, Russia. At fourteen, she has dreams of being a writer. But everything is put on hold when a young Christian man is murdered and Rachel is forced to keep the murderer’s identity a secret. Tensions mount and Rachel watches as lies and anti-Jewish propaganda leap off the pages of the local newspaper, inciting Christians to riot against the Jews. Violence breaks out on Easter Sunday, 1903, and when it finally ends, Rachel finds that the person she loves most is dead and that her home has been destroyed. Her main support comes surprisingly from a young Christian named Sergei. With everything against them, the two young people find comfort in their growing bond, one of the few signs of goodness and hope in a time of chaos and violence.

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Shelly Sanders has worked as a freelance writer for almost 20 years. Topics she's covered include mental and physical disorders, environmentally friendly design, and real estate trends. With an honours degree in English and a degree in journalism, she is now working on a certificate in creative writing. Shelly lives in Toronto with her husband, three children, two dogs, and two lizards.
Published April 16, 2012 by Second Story Press. 256 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Over the following months, Kishinev’s newspaper Bessarabetz whips the city into a frenzy by claiming that Jews murdered Mikhail to use his blood for baking matzah, urging, “we need to come together, fellow Christians, to purge our town of Jews.” The narrative shifts focus between Rachel and Serge...

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In 1903 in Kishinev, Russia, a 14-year-old Christian boy was stabbed to death by his uncle because of family squabbles over money.

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