||Set in the Spanish Inquisition-ruled 16th-century, this young-adult novel from Alice Hoffman combines religion, terror, and love in a froth of magical realism. Sixteen-year-old Estrella watches as Jews and Muslims are persecuted around her, and slowly makes a discovery that transforms her life forever. A 2006 Publishers Weekly Book of the Year.
||Hiding her faith in kabbalah during a time in Spain when living openly as a Jew was a dangerous thing to do, Estrella struggles with her identity and her faith as events unfold around her that force her to come to terms with who she really wants to be in life. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Reprint.
|Editors Note 2
||Estrella is a Marrano: During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, she is one of a community of Spanish Jews living double lives as Catholics. And she is living in a house of secrets, raised by a family who practices underground the ancient and mysterious way of wisdom known as kabbalah. When Estrella discovers her family's true identity--and her family's secrets are made public--she confronts a world she's never imagined, where new love burns and where friendship ends in flame and ash, where trust is all but vanquished and betrayal has tragic and bitter consequences.Infused with the rich context of history and faith, in her most profoundly moving work to date, Alice Hoffman's first historical novel is a transcendent journey of discovery and loss, rebirth and remembrance.