Set in 15th-century Greece, this young adult novel tells the story of an extraordinary friendship between two boys from different cultural backgrounds. On the surface, Miguel, a refugee from post-Inquisition Spain, and David, the son of a wealthy Greek Jewish fabric merchant, have little in common. As they work together in David’s family shop, they find they share a special connection that goes beyond the divide of rich and poor, Spanish and Greek. Will an argument over David’s sister be more than their friendship can bear? A Shout in the Sunshine sheds light on an often forgotten part of Jewish history - the Greek Jewish experience. Set in tumultuous times for the Greek Jewish community, the book explores what happens when two distinct Jewish communities must learn to live together. In 1492 King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella expelled the Jewish community of Spain. Sultan Beyazit II invited these refugees to Thessalonika, a community already home to a diverse Jewish population with deep roots in Greece. The melding of these different Jewish groups created a vibrant Jewish community that was, tragically, almost entirely destroyed during World War II. This book is a testimony to the remarkable nature of this once thriving world.
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A Shout in the Sunshine is a beautifully written coming of age tale that chooses, as its setting, 15th century Greece and, as its focus, the assimilation of two disparate communities of Jews (the Spanish and the Greek), following the displacement of Spanish Jews after the Inquisition. Cohen Ionnides craftily weaves together carefully researched facts of the little-known Greek community of Thessaloniki to paint a compelling portrait of religious tolerance that will resonate with young and adult readers, alike. The characters are richly written and the history is described in an easy-to-understand fashion. The author's evocative style ensures that, while we are getting an education in history, we never feel overwhelmed or lost in the details. Skillfully balancing the true history against the fiction of the plot, the author makes it is easy to picture the setting and culture of that era. A quick but memorable read.