"Readers will feel the injustice of Manuel's and the other Jews' plight, but characterization isn't skillfully handled—some actors in the drama seem mere types—and dialogue and Manuel's first-person narration are clipped and often seem unrealistic. (Fiction. 9-12)"
It is 17th-century Spain, the time of the Inquisition, and 11-year-old Manuel Nuñez has just learned a shocking secret from his parents: They are Jews.
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