Daniel, a young Holocaust survivor, arrives at a New York yeshiva in
1946 to study and live. He is carrying a small box, his only possession.
Daniel rarely talks, but the story’s narrator, a stutterer taunted
by the other boys, comes to consider Daniel his friend.
What’s in the box is a mystery. Daniel never lets it out of his
sight, but he won’t talk about it, either. The boys at the yeshiva are
impatient with his secret. Only Aaron, the stutterer, reaches out to
Daniel, and through their friendship, Daniel is able to let go of his
box. Together, each boy finds his “voice.”
Based on a true story, Greenhorn gives human dimension to
the Holocaust. It poignantly underscores our flawed humanity and
speaks to the healing value of friendship.
Belonging, Self-Discovery, Family, Friendship, Disabilities.
About Anna Olswanger: Anna Olswanger is also the author of Shlemiel Crooks (NewSouth
Books), a Sydney Taylor Honor Book and PJ Library Book. In 2010 a family musical based on Shlemiel Crooks premiered at Lincoln Center’s Merkin Hall in New York. Anna lives in the metropolitan New York area and is a literary agent with Liza Dawson Associates.
Anna’s website is www.olswanger.com.