The Inside Name

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$16.95  $15.76
Apples & Honey Press
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6.6 X 8.3 X 0.4 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author
Randi Sonenshine is a children's author, literacy specialist, and instructional coach. Her picture books include The Nest That Wren Built, The Lodge That Beaver Built, and the forthcoming The Den That Octopus Built, all from Candlewick Press. The Inside Name is her first chapter book. Randi lives with her husband, two sons, and a sock-eating poodle in Cartersville, Georgia.
Gina Capaldi has both written and illustrated books and products for trade, historical non fiction, educational, and the toy industries. She often combines traditional painting techniques and mediums with collage and digital elements to add additional layer of visual story telling. Gina studied fine arts at Pepperdine University and Pitzer College; and, illustration at Art Center: College of Design. She is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Publishers, and Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Women Educators. She lives in Orange, California.
A child navigates his Lisbon neighborhood as a converso, a
Jew compelled to practice Catholicism in Spain and Portugal during the

The boy takes readers through his city and ponders the
religious intolerance that has turned neighbors against him and forced his
family to keep their Jewish observance a secret. Though the author acknowledges
the threat of violence and imprisonment for forced converts, she leans toward
optimism, depicting a loving, intact family who seek a way out. Interspersed
with moments of dread and sadness, the narrative highlights details about
secret religious practice, such as hiding a mezuzah under the tiles of the
doorframe, lighting Shabbat candles inside a jar on the hearth, and using an
"inside name," a Hebrew name employed only in the privacy of the home. This
short chapter book features illustrations on every spread as well as occasional
text boxes that offer definitions and historical context, though the vocabulary
will be a stretch for many younger readers. Saturated colors for the clothes
and buildings imply the visual richness of the city, but the soft lines of the
watercolor-like illustrations provide limited expression in the human faces. A
historical note presents more details about conversos and discusses Doña
Gracia, who used her wealth to rescue Jewish people trapped by the Inquisition.

A gentle exploration of a cruel episode in European history.
(Chapter book. 6-9)
--Kirkus Reviews