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by Jane Yolen

The Devil's Arithmetic study guide contains a biography of Jane Yolen, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

Hannah Stern is a young Jewish girl living in New Rochelle, NY. She and her family, including her parents and younger brother Aaron, are to attend a Passover Seder at her grandparent's home. Hannah has no interest in attending. She is tired of hearing about the past and is uncomfortable listening to her Grandpa Will rant about his experiences in the concentration camp.

When Hannah rises from the table to symbolically open the door for the prophet Elijah, she is transported to Poland in 1942. There she inhabits the life of Chaya Abramowicz. She insists that her name is Hannah and that she lives in America but Chaya's aunt and uncle, Gitl and Shmuel, dismiss these claims as effects of Chaya's ordeal with cholera, from which she barely…

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