This book ticks so many boxes: the story is gripping, its focus is a Jewish holiday and it’s about an aspect of Jewish history that we don’t often see in picture books. Young Rafael’s father, Barcelona composer Don Fernando, is commissioned to write music to celebrate the Spanish colonies in the New World. But the Inquisition’s spies are everywhere, Rafael’s family are Conversos who remain secretly Jewish, and the concert takes place during Rosh Hashanah. Rafael and his father hatch an ingenious but dangerous plan to celebrate the Jewish New Year right under the noses of the Spanish nobility.
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