by Sonia Levitin
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Cure by Sonia Levitin

Deviant. Rebellious. Abnormal. The Elders say Gemm 16884 is all these things, and that he is a threat to the utopian society in which he lives. The Elders give him one chance to save himself: He must undergo the mysterious and painful "cure," or he and his twin sister, Gemma, will be automatically recycled. Gemm chooses "the cure" and finds himself in the year 1348, at the onset of the Black Death. He is now Johannes, sixteen, living in Strasbourg-a town beset by anti-Semitism. Johannes struggles to hold on to his faith and family, his love for Margarite, his passion for music, and his belief in the goodness of human beings. But can the will of one boy change the world? Award-winning author Sonia Levitin weaves a chilling tale of a futuristic society colliding with the past-and delivers an unforgettable message about the recurring nature of history. 5-1/2 X 8-1/4.

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ISBN-13: 9780380732982
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.77(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Sonia Levitin is the author of many acclaimed works of historical fiction, including The Return, a Parents' Choice Honor Book and winner of the National Jewish Book Award; Journey to America, an ALA Notable Book; and Escape from Egypt, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Booklist Editors' Choice. Ms. Levitin writes and teaches in Los Angeles.

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Cure 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
oats2go More than 1 year ago
Again this book. (The opening line in this book is "Again that dream!") I "read" this book a long time ago for required summer reading and I could hardly get past the first page. But since it was required I slowly made my way through it. And by slowly, I mean I skimmed it because the book was incredibly dull. It's about a boy who is different, is then told he can't be different, gets sent back in time to where being different was a bad thing, and then he comes back... still different. My mom tried to convince me that it wasn't that bad, until she read it that was. Now whenever we talk about bad books, this is always the first one to come up. And it wasn't just us, no one in my entire grade liked it. Thankfully I already loved to read, so I just moved on to a better book. In short, if you want to learn about history, watch the history channel. Otherwise, stay away from this horrid book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, so I needed some books for summer reading, and I found this book. Two of my favorite things are music and history, and to image a not having them is a nigntmare. You will not be disapoted with this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is facinating, it compares life in diferent ways. It teaches you that you are not wierd if your different, different is good anyways its a real good drama keep you on the edge of your seat book when you get in the 100s
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book The Cure by Sonia Levitin is a great book that will keep you hooked on for hours. This book is about a boy named Gemm 16884 who lives in the future. Gemm 16884 has a passion for doing things such as sing and dance, which is prohibited there. To try and cure him from this desire, a group of elders put him in a trance that will make him live the life of a Jew in the Middle Ages, which will supposedly cure him. This book gives a detailed description of how hard it was to live the life of a Jew back then. In the first place this is a great book because there is constant action throughout the book. Secondly this was one of my favorite reads in a while because It really felt like you were there watching the events go by. Finally one of the other many great reasons why this book was so fun to read was because it pulled me in and I did not want to put it down. One reason that this book had me so hooked was because it was so historically accurate. It gave a detailed description of how it was like to live in the Middle Ages as a Jew while the black plague began to spread all over, and they were blamed for it. The book really took me by surprise cause it all related to what we had just learned in our class. For all of the reasons above, this is why The Cure by Sonia Levitin is such a great book to read. If you want a great book to read on vacation or just a read at night, this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the story of the book was completely facinating, especially the authors portrayal of the future. When Gemm's mind was sent back as Johannas at the beginging, I thought it was a little slow, but when the book was over I wanted to read more about what happened next. I couldnt put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It is really two stories in one, and both are extremely exciting. You must read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent book for all even if you hate books like I do!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so amazing. It helped me learn about the time of the Plague and how Jews were treated. It also made me think about what the future holds, for me, and for mankind in general. I think it is amazing and I reccommend it to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was incredible. I couldn't put it down. I started it on a Saturday and I finished it the very next Sunday morning. I've read it at least a 100 times. This story excellent information on the time of the plagues. I really recommend that you read this book. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book twice and couldn't put down. You had to keep reading or you wouldn't know what came next. I thought it protrayed life back the very well. I also like how the athor protrayed life in the future. Someone really SHOULD make a movie like this. I would see it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book The Cure was very interesting. The book was confusing at first but as you read on it becomes clear. I enjoyed this book becasue it kept you waiting to see what was going to happen next. It teaches you a lot about Jews and the struggles they faced, in the time when the Plague swept across Europe. It taught you that Jews did not have easy lives and the fears they had live and run from. This book was very intriguing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a good book it was very interesting and taught you a lot about life in the time of the Plague. It shows a strugle between a boy Johannes and his religion Judiasm. People are dying around him his fellow Jews are being burned. This book I think is a reality check and really is good historical book. I enjoyed it very much it taught me a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt that this book was a heart pounding and leave you on the end of your seat book. At the beginning I had trougle following it but after awhile I got use to it. I loved that they used a dream to relate a real life problem. I hope to find that all History teachers make their students read this because it gives you alot of back ground information on the plague. Like always I will always read another book that I found better then the one before but this book will stay a burning impression in that back of my mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Cure is a very riveting book about the times of the Jews in the 1300s. You will cry and laugh and just love this book! The main story is exciting! Someone make a movie of this book!