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Fifteen-year-old Desta belongs to a small, isolated mountain community of Ethiopian Jews. She and her brother and sister leave their aunt and uncle and set out on the long and dangerous trip to freedom -- an airlift from the Sudan to Israel, the Promised Land. They travel barefoot, facing hunger, thirst and bandits. "Vivid and compelling...Levitin's tour de force is sensitFifteen-year-old Desta belongs to a small, isolated mountain community of Ethiopian Jews. She and her brother and sister leave their aunt and uncle and set out on the long and dangerous trip to freedom -- an airlift from the Sudan to Israel, the Promised Land. They travel barefoot, facing hunger, thirst and bandits. "Vivid and compelling...Levitin's tour de force is sensitively written." BOOKLIST. An ALA 1987 Best Book for Young Adults....

Title : The Return
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ISBN : 9780449702802
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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The Return Reviews

  • Georgia Herod
    2018-10-23 19:44

    This was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults winner, a discard at a local school library, which I'd rescued. Desta, the young teenage narrator, lives on the Ethiopian plateau, with her younger sister Almaz and older brother Joas, who have been taken in by an aunt and uncle. They are Falashas, a derogatory name for the Beta Yisrael, who are minority in Ethiopia. They live simply off the land, essentially isolated from the greater society, having connections with other small groups in neighboring villages. They are devout in their worship of Jehovah God. They speak Amharic. Desta has been betrothed to Dan—and the acceptable time for their marriage is nearing, much to Desta’s anxiety. Because of political unrest, the group is watched. They hear stories of villages being plundered, people being murdered, etc. They may not be public about worship. Christians and Muslims have attempted to convert them—not seen as positive in any way. Because of hardships and a desire for their lives to improve, many attempt to escape to go to the Sudan—and eventually to Jerusalem. It is a dream in the hearts of many—“Next year in Jerusalem.” The book reveals the desperate longing to escape and return to Jerusalem. When they learn of Operation Moses--an escape plan--Desta and Dan make their way at great cost out of the country.This was not an easy book to read. I found myself wondering how a 6th-8th grader would read it. Definitely a believable story of triumph of the human spirit over great obstacles. I found myself wondering how I would have managed. I thought also of stories of others who have overcome—the stories out of Rwanda or Uganda, for example. I was not familiar with the author, though she’s written 40 books. I’m attracted to stories of Jews and their lives--because of their inner strength and ability to survive great hardship; they have suffered much. I want to read more of Levitin.

  • M.M. Strawberry Reviews
    2018-10-29 17:58

    This was a really interesting book. I knew that the Jewish religion was spread over the Middle East, though I always had the impression that Islam was a stronger force in Africa, particularly in NE Africa. So it was really interesting to read about black Jews.I feel the author did a ice job of capturing how life was. Desta and her family live in a very rural community in the mountains, and I honestly thought the story was set in a earlier period (50's-60's) and it turns out this happened during the 1980's! Until her escape from Ethiopia, Desta has never seen a television, and there is no electricity or running whatsoever in her village.Like in many other countries in the past and now, Desta and her family and friends face discrimination, and even violence simply for being Jewish. It is truly heartbreaking that even the government would endorse this systemic oppression of a group of people who only wish to live in peace. This book has more than one heartbreaking moment, lending to it a stark realism.

  • Matthew
    2018-11-13 23:41

    Ms. Levitin's book Room in the Heart was one of my favorite reads this year, so I had high expectations for this book. Sadly I was disappointed. Although the storyline and plot are engaging the dialogue and character development fail to ever materialize. In the aforementioned Heart, Levitin did a wonderful job of conveying the persecution and struggle of the Jewish people during the holocaust while maintaining the human and emotional side of her characters. In Return, she has to constantly remind the reader why the central characters struggle wasting viable dialogue.

  • Barbara
    2018-10-26 21:45

    April 2011 children's book club book at the library. Really interesting discussion with the girls in the book club. We had hoped to have the author come in and talk about the book with us but she was unable to make it. I was able to have them listen to an interview with Sonia on my computer and that was worthwhile. They all liked the book and learned a great deal. They really liked the characters in the book, too. Well worth the read.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-12 20:33

    so this is way below my reading level, but it had been on my shelf for years and i never read it. i recommend it to everyone, because it's an easy read but it also teaches you about something not very well known. have you ever heard of operation moses? did you know there were jews in ethiopia? read it.

  • Judith
    2018-10-25 22:32

    After my parents died 2 years ago I found out I was adopted and my bio father was Jewish. This book is about Ethiopian Jews who were snuck out to Isreal and the struggle they had. It's a Young Adult book but it taught me so much and makes me want to read more about the Jewish culture and perhaps find more information about who I am.I learned compassion.

  • Ariana
    2018-11-04 23:52

    Journey books are always good. The main character in this book is Jewish and living in Ethiopia. There's a great amount of persecution there, and she and some others decide to try and get to Jerusalem. You don't realize it until the end, but the book is about Operation Moses.

  • Hannah
    2018-11-06 00:37

    This book was really good! The ending was especially dramatic!!

  • Bianca
    2018-10-29 22:56

    I read this book as a kid and it's always stayed with me. I was hooked the moment I read the first page.

  • Sarit
    2018-11-02 21:58

    I read this for school very interesting but not for young children.

  • LeAnne
    2018-11-13 16:43

    Authentic-feeling account of a Falasha family, fleeing Ethiopia for Israel. Well-written, but I thought it dragged on a bit describing their adjustment to Israel.