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A Shout in the Sunshine

by Mara W. Cohen Ioannides

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This book is a good example of historical fiction. The setting, in Thessaloniki Greece in the 1400s, provides an interesting backdrop for the contrasting of two Jewish sects - Sephardim Jews and Romanist Jews. Miguel is a poor Jewish refugee from Spain and David is the son of a wealthy fabric merchant. When Miguel takes a job in David's family business, they become good friends until an argument about David's sister's betrothal to Jacob takes place at the kiddushin ceremony for Rebecca. Eventually Miguel apologizes to David and the two boys are friends again. Their two Jewish communities are also able to move past the hard feelings.

We are reminded that the Greek Jewish community of Thessaloniki was almost entirely destroyed during World War II. - Jane M. ( )
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Set in 15th-century Greece, this young adult novel tells the story of an extraordinary friendship between two boys from different cultural backgrounds. On the surface, Miguel, a refugee from post-Inquisition Spain, and David, the son of a wealthy Greek Jewish fabric merchant, have little in common. As they work together in David’s family shop, they find they share a special connection that goes beyond the divide of rich and poor, Spanish and Greek. Will an argument over David’s sister be more than their friendship can bear? A Shout in the Sunshine sheds light on an often forgotten part of Jewish history - the Greek Jewish experience. Set in tumultuous times for the Greek Jewish community, the book explores what happens when two distinct Jewish communities must learn to live together. In 1492 King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella expelled the Jewish community of Spain. Sultan Beyazit II invited these refugees to Thessalonika, a community already home to a diverse Jewish population with deep roots in Greece. The melding of these different Jewish groups created a vibrant Jewish community that was, tragically, almost entirely destroyed during World War II. This book is a testimony to the remarkable nature of this once thriving world.

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Set in 15th century Greece, this novel tells the story of an extraordinary friendship between two boys from different cultural backgrounds. It explores what happens when two distinct Jewish communities must learn to live together.

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