Friend or Foe

Author : Eva Vogiel

Available : Rented
Age Group :Adults
The author of Invisible Chains [BKL Jl 00] offers another novel set at the Migdal Binoh School for Orthodox Jewish girls. The year is 1948, and Nechy Horowitz´s mother has returned to London to be reunited with her daughter. Unfortunately, Mother´s war experiences have left many scars, and she is not yet able to care for Nechy. In addition, the cottage next door to the school has been sold to a strange Scottish couple, the Campbells. Mr. Campbell is polite to the school´s headmistress, Mrs. Langfeld, but his arrival in the neighborhood coincides with a series of troubling events, including visits from school inspectors, the discovery of an old German bomb, and the appearance of anti-Semitic slogans painted on the school fence. Children who are not religiously observant may have trouble identifying with the strict code of conduct at the school, but Vogiel´s cast feels comfortable and grows more so as the story evolves. The intrepid Mrs. Langfeld, who solves the mystery without causing a scandal among her students´ parents, is particularly appealing. For larger collections. Kay Weisman

The author of Invisible Chains [BKL Jl 00] offers another novel set at the Migdal Binoh School for Orthodox Jewish girls. The year is 1948, and Nechy Horowitz´s mother has returned to London to be reunited with her daughter. Unfortunately, Mother´s war experiences have left many scars, and she is not yet able to care for Nechy. In addition, the cottage next door to the school has been sold to a strange Scottish couple, the Campbells. Mr. Campbell is polite to the school´s headmistress, Mrs. Langfeld, but his arrival in the neighborhood coincides with a series of troubling events, including visits from school inspectors, the discovery of an old German bomb, and the appearance of anti-Semitic slogans painted on the school fence. Children who are not religiously observant may have trouble identifying with the strict code of conduct at the school, but Vogiel´s cast feels comfortable and grows more so as the story evolves. The intrepid Mrs. Langfeld, who solves the mystery without causing a scandal among her students´ parents, is particularly appealing. For larger collections. Kay Weisman

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