Elana K. Arnold speaks at Temple Emet about her book The Blood Years

Acclaimed Author Elana K. Arnold will be at Temple Emet to discuss and read from her recently published book THE BLOOD YEARS based on the true experiences of her grandmother's childhood in WWII Romania. Monday, December 4th at 6:30 PM

Ms. Arnold, a resident of Long Beach, CA, is a Michael L. Printz honoree and a National Book Award finalist. She is the author of a number of books for children and young adults. She also holds the distinction of being the SECOND-MOST BANNED AUTHOR on PEN America's most recent list with 26 instances! (Ellen Hopkins holds the top position with 89!)

With respect to the issue of banning books, Ms. Arnold says, "It is strange to be caught up in the middle of it, sometimes it feels laughable." Managing to be both formidable and funny in the face of censorship, she says, "It's clear that it's not about the books; it's about control and identity politics." As she says in the Author's Note at the end of The Blood Years, it's easier to destroy than to create. It can take a whole group of kids many hours to build a sandcastle, but it only takes one bully to kick at it and destroy it in a matter of seconds.

Copies of The Blood Years may be purchased in advance from {pages} a bookstore, Manhattan Beach, by clicking here. Select In Store Pick-up at checkout, and then in your "Order Comments", add a comment to indicate that you'd like to pick this book up at the event. A limited number of copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. Ms. Arnold happily will sign all books purchased at or for this event

Temple Emet
2051 W. 236th Street
Torrance, CA  90501

Please RSVP for this event to: betterthaneticket@gmail.com (Marcia Wurmbrand)

About the book:

Michael L. Printz honoree and National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold returns with the harrowing story of a young woman's coming-of-age during the Holocaust in Romania—a tale based on the author's grandmother's true experiences.

Frederieke Teitler and her sister, Astra, live in a house, in a city, in a world divided. Their father ran out on them when Rieke was only six, leaving their mother a wreck and their grandfather as their only stable family. He’s done his best to provide for them and shield them from antisemitism, but now, seven years later, being a Jew has become increasingly dangerous, even in their beloved home of Czernowitz, long considered a safe haven for Jewish people. And when Astra falls in love and starts pulling away from Rieke, Rieke wonders if there’s anything in her life she can count on—and, if so, if she has the power to hold on to it.

Then—war breaks out in Europe. First the Russians, then the Germans, invade Czernowitz. Almost overnight, Rieke and Astra’s world changes, and every day becomes a struggle: to keep their grandfather’s business, to keep their home, to keep their lives. Rieke has long known that she exists in a world defined by those who have power and those who do not, and as those powers close in around her, she must decide whether holding on to her life might mean letting go of everything that has ever mattered to her. And if that’s a choice she will even have the chance to make.

Based on the true experiences of her grandmother’s childhood in Holocaust-era Romania, National Book Award finalist and Printz honoree Elana K. Arnold weaves a harrowing, heartbreaking tale of love and loss in the darkest days of the twentieth century—and one young woman’s will to survive them.

About the author:

Elana K. Arnold is the award-winning author of many books for children and teens, including The House That Wasn’t There, the Printz Honor winner Damsel, the National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of, and the Global Read Aloud selection A Boy Called Bat. She is a member of the faculty at Hamline University’s MFA in writing for children and young adults program, and lives in Long Beach, CA, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. You can find her online at www.elanakarnold.com.


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