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An Entertainment Weekly “Books We Loved This Year” selection
Winner of the 2008 Massachusetts Book Award
A Winter 2006-2007 Booksense Children’s Pick
An ALA best book of young adults 2007
A Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Seattle Times Best Book for Kids and Teens
A Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year
A Historical Novels Review Editors’ Choice Book
An Association of Jewish Libraries Teen Honor Book
An NYPL Book for the Teen Age

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. 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 by vanquished and betrayal has tragic and bitter consequences.



“Magical and spellbinding… Painful and exquisitely beautiful.”
Lois Lowry, Newbury award winning author


School Library Journal, starred review

“Reads like poetry…This novel stands alone.”
VOYA, starred review

“(A) fascinating glimpse of a past civilization.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review