Parents' Guide to

The Devil's Arithmetic

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Intense Holocaust tale makes history real for young readers.

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age 13+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 18+


i did not like it it was boring

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age 11+

it is a awsome book

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Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (68):

This time-travel story, an excellent introduction to the Holocaust, has great power for young readers. In The Devil's Arithmetic, author Jane Yolen uses that attitude, and an intriguing time-travel plot device, to place a modern teen in a traumatic historical event, helping to bring history to life and directly connecting past events to the character's life.

Book Details

  • Author: Jane Yolen
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Publication date: January 1, 1988
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 70
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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