The Cure by Sonia Levitin

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Deviant. Rebellious. Abnormal. The Elders say Gemm 16884 is all these things, and that he is a threat to the utopian society in which he lives. The Elders give him one chance to save himself: He must undergo the mysterious and painful “cure,” or he and his twin sister, Gemma, will be automatically recycled. Gemm chooses “the cure” and finds himself in the year 1348, at the onset of the Black Death. He is now Johannes, sixteen, living in Strasbourg--a town beset by anti-Semitism. Johannes struggles to hold on to his faith and family, his love for Margarite, his passion for music, and his belief in the goodness of human beings. But can the will of one boy change the world? Award-winning author Sonia Levitin weaves a chilling tale of a futuristic society colliding with the past--and delivers an unforgettable message about the recurring nature of history.
 

About Sonia Levitin

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Sonia Levitin is the author of many acclaimed works of historical fiction, including The Return, a Parents' Choice Honor Book and winner of the National Jewish Book Award; Journey to America, an ALA Notable Book; and Escape from Egypt, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Booklist Editors' Choice. Ms. Levitin writes and teaches in Los Angeles.
 
Published April 1, 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 192 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Juxtaposing the past and the future, this potent story explores the societal consequences of diversity and individuality.

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Levitin (The Singing Mountain) handily combines futuristic science fiction and late-medieval Jewish history in a story reminiscent of Lois Lowry's The Giver. In the year 2407, societal tranquillity is

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That everything about the plot seems inevitable, from Johannes's dreadful martyrdom to Gemm's last-page embrace of humanism, only magnifies the tension: much of the horror of Johannes's plight, for example, comes from the audience's superior awareness of Johannes's certain doom.

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By bringing this ugly subject into the light where we can see it for what it is, Levitin does us a great service, as this myth is still perpetrated against unpopular religious groups, including Jews, to this very day.

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