The year is 1897, and gifted violinist Reuven Bloom is 15 years old. Life for the Jews in Russia is very hard. First Reuven's best friend is captured to serve in the Tsar's army, and then his parents and older sister are murdered. Reuven's dreams of music must be set aside. Now he has only one goal: escape. With his baby sister strapped to his back, Reuven sets off toward an unknown freedom. His journey takes him first across Russia, and then ultimately to America.More
"The young man's brave struggle is a part of Jewish history, and it's all the more powerful here because it is told without reverence." (Booklist)
"This reads like an adventure story, but the research at its foundation is clearly evident." (School Library Journal)
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