My Guardian Angel

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  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • My Guardian Angel
  • Sylvie Weil
  • English
  • 17 August 2018
  • 0439576814

About the Author: Sylvie Weil

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My Guardian Angel Winner Of France S Most Prestigious Children S Book Award, This Vividly Drawn Novel Tells The Harrowing Tale Of A Smart, Feisty Year Old Jewish Girl In Th C France During The First CrusadeFeisty And Smart, Elvina Is Not Your Average Year Old She Adores Reading ,writing, And Studying Like The Boys And She Detests Silly Girls Chores, Like Keeping Chicken Eggs Warm Until They Hatch But She Is Also Skilled In The Art Of Healing, A Skill That Ultimately Gets Her Into Trouble It S The Th Century In France, And The Crusades Are On A Campaign To Rid France Of The Jews The Jews Live In Terror And Are On High Alert That Danger Is Drawing Near To Their Town One Night, While Elvina Is Alone In Her House, She Hears A Rap On The Door Can Her Guardian Angel Keep Her Safe

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10 thoughts on “My Guardian Angel

  1. Tami says:

    I absolutely love the stories about Rashi and his girls I find them both fascinating and inspiring Rashi was one of the most famous rabbis and Jewish scholars of any age He lived in France around the time of the first crusade Unfortunately, Rashi never sired any sons to pass on his scholarly gifts He did however have daughters Unprecedented in his efforts, Rashi taught his daughters and later his grandchildren to read and write A few even defiantly studied the torah at a time when the m I absolutely love the stories about Rashi and his girls I find them both fascinating and inspiring Rashi was one of the most famous rabbis and Jewish scholars of any age He lived in France around the time of the first crusade Unfortunately, Rashi never sired any sons to pass on his scholarly gifts He did however have daughters Unprecedented in his efforts, Rashi taught his daughters and later his grandchildren to read and write A few even defiantly studied the torah at a time when the mere thought of this was completely unheard of My Guardian Angel is the story of Elvina, the grand daughter of Rashi She too learns to read and write She also yearns to become a writer The book serves as a diary of sorts as the young girl as she tries to find her place in a world that is hateful towards Jews, where traditional remedies are seen as evidence of evil magic, and where woman are supposed to focus all their energies on finding a man I think this story will bring understanding, pride, and inspiration to a whole new generation of young women About the only critique I could make about this book would be that I found the change of voice from Elvina to her guardian angel just a little distracting I would have preferred that the book keep in first person for the entire story

  2. Jaeri Ayarez says:

    It s nice to know something about the principles of people in other place especially in a very long time period.It was so sad to know that females aren t allowed to read and write Maybe that s why it is common for women to stay at home and just do house chores.I learned too that Sabbath day actually starts at 6pm of fridayThis was a simple but nice story

  3. Rachel says:

    I put this on my GoodReads tbr because it highlighted ararely documented part of Jewish history This young adult book takes place in France during the beginnings of the First Crusade, and it s even written by a French author P Gillian Rosner translated it into English.Weil fictionalizes the life of Elvira, daughter of the famous Rabbi, writer and Talmudic scholar known as Rashi Elvira is mentioned briefly in some documents I found online as having inspired some halachic decisions She I put this on my GoodReads tbr because it highlighted ararely documented part of Jewish history This young adult book takes place in France during the beginnings of the First Crusade, and it s even written by a French author P Gillian Rosner translated it into English.Weil fictionalizes the life of Elvira, daughter of the famous Rabbi, writer and Talmudic scholar known as Rashi Elvira is mentioned briefly in some documents I found online as having inspired some halachic decisions She was learned, says Wikipedia, and she taught some of Rashi s customs, passed on through her mother, to others, says the Jewish Women s Archive.Weil turns Elvira intoof a stereotypical middle grade heroine She can read and write and sneaks into the house of study in order to take part in her brother s lessons She even takes notes for her grandfather From her mother, she understands all sorts of healing practices She s already deemed as an unusual girl, and beyond that her reckless decisions end up being good ideas after all She opens her home to Crusaders when one of them is hurt, and she later hides and feeds that hurt Crusader The first instance saves her brother and cousin, who have been captured, from forced baptism The second gains her allies who later protect her father when he goes to give ransom money to one of the leaders of the Crusades, Peter the Hermit.So it s a little bit unbelievable, really, a little too good to be true Kind of like an American Girls story for Jewish history P Beyond that, Weil shifts a few times from first person to third person and that took me out of the story But she was plucky enough to follow in her role, and I liked this perspective on history We learned about proper past times for Jewish girls, like warming eggs in the winter, and various household tasks We also got a surprisingly complex look into the Crusades, at least from the vantage point that there were some driven by period antisemitism to attack Jews, and others who weredisciplined and focused on their larger agenda Crusaders were often outsiders to towns they were marching through in order to slowly make their way to Jerusalem But even the Jews neighbors held antisemitic beliefs In one chapter, Elvira joins non Jewish friends at their home, only to be stabbed in the back by their unquestioned and inaccurate stereotypes.At the end of the day, this is the story about a Jewish community trying to go about it s business while living in fear of a dangerous passing element, and also how a young girl s actions contribute to their well being In the face of such hatred, it s nice to have examples of oppressed communities that survive, even if the parameters of this story are a bit forced

  4. Dennis Fischman says:

    Even though this book seems written for young teens or tweeners, the subject matter and the voice of the main character delighted me You get a sense of what it was like to be a young Jewish woman in medieval France the limitations and the possibilities, the science and the supernatural and also, the threat that the Crusades posed not only to Muslims in the Middle East, but to Jews back in Europe, close to home The Christians in the book aren t villains, however, other than Peter the Hermit wh Even though this book seems written for young teens or tweeners, the subject matter and the voice of the main character delighted me You get a sense of what it was like to be a young Jewish woman in medieval France the limitations and the possibilities, the science and the supernatural and also, the threat that the Crusades posed not only to Muslims in the Middle East, but to Jews back in Europe, close to home The Christians in the book aren t villains, however, other than Peter the Hermit who deserves the vilification And all the men and all the women are distinct personalities, even if grandfather Rashi is idealized.The glossary in the back of the book will help with any Hebrew terms the reader doesn t know

  5. Rona says:

    Rashi, an important Jewish scholar circa 1040 1105 CE, had three daughters, no sons He had several grandchildren, including a granddaughter names Elvina This book, suitable for children 7 or so and up, takes place while a dangerous Crusader army sets up camp outside the town of Troyes, where Rashi and his community are settled Will they be attacked Young Elvina takes risks to do what is right, but is it really right Like all good historic fiction, this book is full of time appropriate detai Rashi, an important Jewish scholar circa 1040 1105 CE, had three daughters, no sons He had several grandchildren, including a granddaughter names Elvina This book, suitable for children 7 or so and up, takes place while a dangerous Crusader army sets up camp outside the town of Troyes, where Rashi and his community are settled Will they be attacked Young Elvina takes risks to do what is right, but is it really right Like all good historic fiction, this book is full of time appropriate details, along with human truths that are as old as humankind

  6. Renee Schwendinger says:

    Some many books about the Crusades are from the Crusaders point of view This book is from a Jewish girls point of viewing offering a very interesting contrast Very well done

  7. Amanda says:

    I wanted to like thisthan I did And, I did like it, just not as much as I d hoped, I guess The setting is a fascinating one, and I loved the main character she s a good balance of spunky independence and realistic historical humility, I thought , but it just didn t really stand out particularly as a whole.

  8. Janet C. says:

    Overall the story was well done butfor younger youth readers I could imagine the girl speaking with her guardian angel how often do we do the same in our own lives Elvina, the main character of the story, seems to be a scrappy girl for the times she was living in But inside she was less sure of herself and neededassurance that she was alright and doing the right things.

  9. Amy Rae says:

    I m newly familiar with Rashi and Rambam as of this year, thanks to my sister, who graciously invited us all to a service at her synagogue this summer I m also always on the lookout for interesting stories about Jewish characters, an older interest that comes from my roommate but also, let s be real, as pre reading for theoretical nieces and nephews So when I saw my library had an audiobook about Rashi s granddaughter, I snapped that the heck up.Unfortunately, it ended up feeling like a half I m newly familiar with Rashi and Rambam as of this year, thanks to my sister, who graciously invited us all to a service at her synagogue this summer I m also always on the lookout for interesting stories about Jewish characters, an older interest that comes from my roommate but also, let s be real, as pre reading for theoretical nieces and nephews So when I saw my library had an audiobook about Rashi s granddaughter, I snapped that the heck up.Unfortunately, it ended up feeling like a half baked Catherine, Called Birdy Girl in the middle ages heals with herbs and longs for excitement in her life right Right I desperately wanted to love this, and I just didn t I m not sure how much of the problem is the translation and how much is the book itself The opening was especially jumbled it felt like the author wasn t sure what was most important and tried to establish three or four different things at once After that point, the narrative focus smoothed out, but it didn t feel like there were enough scenes of anything that happened Elvina sneaks into school, helps a crusader, secretly teaches friends to read, worries about something terrible happening to her family as the crusaders gather, and maybe falls in love Or maybe not, who knows There are a lot of threads to follow up on, though, and I m not sure any of them had the right emotional resonance for me, because we saw so little of any of them.With just a littlespace for the many subplots to breathe and with narration fully in the first person, since I preferred those sections I think it would have been a really great book As it is, it was disappointing.I feel like the book only really deserves two stars, but I still so dearly want it to have been a good book Maybe I ll change the rating later

  10. Teri says:

    I listened to this work on audiobook.This book was an introduction to a period in history I had never studied, and it was particularly interesting to view it through the journal of Elvina, a plucky 12 year old girl who would rather be studying and attending school like boys than attending to her housekeeping and chores Elvina was a naive, charismatic narrator, and it was refreshing, humorous, and poignant to view her world through her eyes.I was reminded of the movie _Yentl_ while reading this I listened to this work on audiobook.This book was an introduction to a period in history I had never studied, and it was particularly interesting to view it through the journal of Elvina, a plucky 12 year old girl who would rather be studying and attending school like boys than attending to her housekeeping and chores Elvina was a naive, charismatic narrator, and it was refreshing, humorous, and poignant to view her world through her eyes.I was reminded of the movie _Yentl_ while reading this book, and I hadn t thought of that movie in years My 13 and almost 15 year old boys didn t see the charm in this story, but I enjoyed it