Eleven year old Kicsi lives in a small Hungarian village where the Rabbi leads the community. A stranger named Vörös comes to stay with her family and takes away a curse the Rabbi put on the school, and warns them all to leave for America. He flees but Kicsi cannot forget him, dreaming of him and his life of travelling the world. When he returns he and the rabbi do battle – but the whole village is emptied by the arrival of Germans and the war.
I saw this book reviewed on the wonderful bookishswint blog and just had to read it! I was delighted to find it on netgalley, and was entranced as soon as I started it – and read almost all of it in a day.