Publication Date: March 2012
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The mystery of what's in the box propels this short work, but it's in the complex relationships among the schoolboys that the human story is revealed. In the end, Aaron, the stutterer, finds his voice and a friend in Daniel, and their bond offers hope for a future life of dreams realized, one in which Daniel is able to let go of his box.
Greenhorn is a powerful story, perfect for families to read together, that gives human dimension to the Holocaust. It poignantly underscores our flawed humanity and speaks to the healing value of friendship.
Miriam Nerlove was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has since lived in many places. A graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, she received her master's degree in printmaking from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and worked for a time in the photograph and slide library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Nerlove now concentrates on painting, writing, illustrating, and working part-time at a library. She lives just outside Chicago with her family.