The Inside Name

The Inside Name

The Inside Name

The Inside Name


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A National Jewish Book Award Finalist for 2024

"A gentle exploration of a cruel episode in European history.—Kirkus Reviews

Felipe has a secret. He and his family are conversos—Jews forced to convert to Christianity after 1497 but who maintained their Jewish identities and practices behind closed doors. Even his real name, his Jewish name, is a secret. Felipe is his outside name, the only one it is safe to use. The one his mother tries not to use. She whistles for him instead. But with the coming of the Inquisition from Spain to Portugal, it becomes more dangerous for them to continue to live a secret life. That is when a local priest, also a converso, finds a way for Felipe and his family to escape, to emigrate to a place where a young boy can be called by his real name.

Spotlighting the Sephardic Jewish converso culture in 1500's Portugal, this illustrated historical fiction chapter book for ages 6-9 includes an end note explaining the lives of Portuguese conversos, how the Inquisition came from Spain to Portugal in 1536, making life even more dangerous for them, and the role of Gracia Nasi Mendes, a wealthy and influential converso who used her large sailing fleet and her international connections to help families flee.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681156194
Publisher: Behrman House, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/10/2023
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 6.33(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

About The Author
Randi Sonenshine is a children’s author, literacy specialist, and instructional coach. Her picture books include The Nest That Wren Built, The Lodge That Beaver Built, and the forthcoming The Den That Octopus Built, all from Candlewick Press. The Inside Name is her first chapter book. Randi lives with her husband, two sons, and a sock-eating poodle in Cartersville, Georgia. 

Gina Capaldi has both written and illustrated books and products for trade, historical non fiction, educational, and the toy industries. She often combines traditional painting techniques and mediums with collage and digital elements to add additional layer of visual story telling. Gina studied fine arts at Pepperdine Universityand Pitzer College; and, illustration at Art Center: College of Design. She is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Publishers, and Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Women Educators. She lives in Orange, California.
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