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Daniel Half Human

Translated by Doris Orgel



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About The Book

At the dawn of Hitler's rise to power in Germany in 1933 and a period of the most brutal, aggressive anti-Semitism the world has ever seen, two boys swear eternal brotherhood by slitting their wrists and mingling their blood. Having experienced so much together, even a night in jail after painting a swastika on a wall in the hated Communist section of Hamburg, Daniel and Armin had become the best of friends.

But then, with the scar on his wrist still healing, Daniel receives some life-altering news: He is half-Jewish, and as such, half-hated by a growing number of neighbors, teachers, and friends. Quickly, he decides to keep his identity a secret, conspiring with Armin to join the Hitler Youth -- but only one of them can, and will, join, with terrible consequences.

About The Author

David Chotjewitz is a teacher and playwright. He lives with his daughter in Hamburg, Germany, where, in 2000, this book was published to acclaim.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 1, 2006)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689857485
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

"An outstanding addition to the large body of World War II/Holocaust fiction."
-- School Library Journal

"No book stages Kristallnacht more chillingly."
-- The Horn Book >

Awards and Honors

  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • California Young Reader Medal Nominee
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • ALA Best Books For Young Adults
  • Iowa Teen Award Nominee
  • PSLA Fiction List
  • Kirkus Editor's Choice
  • NYPL Best Books for Teens
  • Great Lakes Great Books Master List (MI)
  • Westchester's Choice
  • ILA Notable Books for a Global Society
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee (MD)
  • TAYSHAS Reading List (TX)
  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Starred High School Title
  • AJL Sydney Talylor Silver Medal
  • ALA Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book

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