Feast of Lights, by Ellen S Jaffe, a young adult novel

Feast of Lights

Feast of Lights, by Ellen S. Jaffe

Celebrating Hanukkah is bittersweet this year for twelve-year old Sarah Goldman and her parents, who are mourning the recent death of Sarah’s little brother. But when Sarah lights the candles on the menorah, she finds herself magically transported back to the times of her ancestors. For eight nights, mesmerized by the candle flames, she is drawn into the past: a ship crowded with immigrants, an old synagogue in Eastern Europe, a store in the Kensington Market of old Toronto. Wehn Sarah realizes that she is meeting her own relatives from the past, a wonderful transformation begins to occur…
“Written in a thoughtful, poignant style with time-travel elements similar to Yolen’s “The Devils Arithmetic” and Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Feast of Lights will have the reader eagerly turning the pages forward (and sometimes backward) to a satisfying closure for this elegant story.”

— reviewed for Infolink, The Eastern New Jersey
Regional Library Cooperative, April 2009

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