Real Time by Pnina Moed Kass

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Sixteen-year-old Thomas Wanninger is on a mission: to find out what his grandfather, a Nazi officer, did during World War II. Thomas is going to Israel to work on a kibbutz, where he will have access to a Jerusalem archive that may hold the information he seeks. His life is one of many to be affected by a terrorist attack that occurs at 11:47 A.M. on the day he arrives. Kibbutz members, a doctor, “the boss” of a diner, two Palestinian teenagers and their families, a bus driver, policemen, a news correspondent, an Israeli soldier, a Holocaust survivor . . . these and others add their voices to the minute-by-minute account of a catastrophic incident that changes everything, while at the same time renewing a deadly cycle of sacrifice and destruction.
Pnina Kass, who lives in Israel, delivers an even-handed and powerful portrayal of the complex world her characters inhabit. Chilling, suspenseful, and frighteningly real, this novel could be the back story behind tomorrow’s news.
 

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Pnina Moed Kass is an American who has lived in Israel for more than thirty-five years. She is a professional writer whose credits include short stories, television series, and picture books. This novel was inspired by real-life events that, sadly, are a part of the complex everyday reality of living in the Middle East.
 
Published July 24, 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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A tense and heartbreaking day unfolds in contemporary Israel as readers view a suicide bombing through a complex kaleidoscope of perspectives.

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Her cast of characters includes the members of Kibbutz Broshim: head gardener Baruch Ben Tov, who is trying to erase the nightmare of the Holocaust from his memory, and Vera Brodsky, who came to the kibbutz to escape her parents' broken marriage and her boyfriend's suicide.

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