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Elvina's Mirror -- New Young Reader Novel Set for Release

March 9, 2009

Young Adult novel transports the reader to the tumultuous world of medieval French Jewry

Medieval France comes to life as Sylvie Weil weaves the compelling tale of Elvina, the spirited 14-year-old granddaughter of Rashi – one of the most important Bible scholars and Talmud commentators of all time. Elvina defies her community and shows exceptional character as she helps a friend in need.

Through Elvina's Mirror, young readers will become immersed in the way people lived, thought and felt in eleventh-century Troyes, France, at a terrifying time when Crusaders were attacking Jewish communities and innocent people were suffering throughout Europe.

Originally published in French and translated by the author, Elvina’s Mirror is a sequel to My Guardian Angel, winner of the Prix Sorcières, a prestigious French prize awarded for the best novel for young readers.

Sylvie Weil was raised in Paris and earned her degrees in classics and French literature at the Sorbonne. She has taught French literature at Barnard, Bennington, and Hunter Colleges, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has written several works of adult fiction and the Elvina trilogy, a series of novels for young adults.

Middle Reader Historical Fiction

Ages 10 and Up