The Devil’s Arithmetic

TMS Grade 7 Community Read The Devil’s Arithmetic

Welcome to our first 7th Grade Community Read.


The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen is a story about a teenager, Hannah, who cannot stand hearing and practicing Jewish traditions and rituals. During the family seder, she is chosen to go and open the door to allow the Prophet Elijah in and is swept back into time to the 1940’s. She stands among many who are persecuted in the confines of a Nazi Concentration Camp.



  1. The book “The Devils Arithmetic” by: Jane Yolen is an interesting story. It has a teenage girl who i think is full of attitude because she doesn’t want to go to passover even though she is jewish! She is such a brat.

    Comment by AM — December 15, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

  2. “The Devils Arithmetic” is a story of a jewish girl who hates remembering. Every holiday is remembering and when she opens the door to the spirit when she is throw back in time. I think it is good so far and will get even better the farther we get into it.

    Comment by EL7 — December 16, 2008 @ 1:01 pm

  3. The book “The Devils Arithmetic” By:Jane Yolen is a grabbing book. The main charter is a 13 year old that does not like to go to pasovers. she is snobby but she does help her little brother and that is kind.

    Comment by AR — December 16, 2008 @ 1:07 pm

  4. The book The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen is an ok story so far the girl Hannah is interesting she has a big thing abut not going to the passover the Seder. She is messed up how bad could it be!

    Comment by Ah — December 16, 2008 @ 1:12 pm

  5. The book Devils Arithmetic by Jane Yolen is a decent book so far. The main character is a 13 year old girl who does not like to go to the passovers. But she is very kind to her younger brother and comforting for him to be around. Most 13 year olds are rude and mean to their younger siblings, but not Hannah. Hannah is very snooby though especially towards her mother which is normal for a 13 year old. This bool is very interesting.

    Comment by K.C.7 — December 17, 2008 @ 11:27 pm

  6. I think the book The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen is pretty good book so far but Hannah needs to not be so selfish about going to passover. She needs to remember the Jews that were in the Holocaust and how they suffered and that some of them were her own family and relatives that got killed and died. I’m really excited to read what happens next to Hannah.

    Comment by H T — December 18, 2008 @ 1:21 pm

  7. the devils arithmetic:that girl she would not open that door I mean she just stupid i could i say just get over it AND OPEN THE DANG DOOR!!!!!!

    Comment by Ah — December 19, 2008 @ 1:16 pm

  8. The book The Devils Arithmetic by Jane Yolen is not that great of a book its more for people that are into this kinda stuff but if I where Hannah I would open the door for the profit Elijah. And I guess I really wouldn’t mind going to the Seder because I usually have to go to stuff like that so it wouldn’t really matter to me.

    Comment by EP — January 5, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

  9. If I was Hannah I would be freaked out that I was suddenly in this random house in the middle of a field. I also wouldn’t like that everyone knew my Jewish name.

    Comment by JS — January 5, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

  10. IF i was brought back to the 1940s I think I would be very scared and confused. I would probally be wishing the i had never opened the door for elijiah. I also would have been missing my crazy relatives and the gross food and my annoying brother and would never complain about the things again. i would want to go home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by SD — January 5, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

  11. Hannah is surrounded by people she doesnt know, and she is away from her family… who wouldent be upset? And shes also in a hard situation as it is!

    Comment by tr7 — January 5, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

  12. if I where Hannah and had to go to a seder and stuff and I would probable just be bratty like her and be an annoyance the whole time. I would say, “OMG” this is the worst!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by JA — January 5, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

  13. If this happened to me i wouldn’t want to do it either. id try to run away and if i got caught then id just keep trying until i didn’t have to. Id hate it.

    Comment by LT — January 5, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

  14. if i were Hannah, i would be scared to go into the 1940’s. i wouldn’t have opened the door for elijah.

    Comment by KH — January 5, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

  15. If I were Hannah I would probably ask where my parents were than if they were not there and if they were dead I would ask who they are… ;-(

    Comment by SP — January 5, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

  16. If i were Hannah, i would be scared to go to the 1940’s. i wouldn’t have opened to the door for elijah.

    Comment by KH — January 5, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

  17. If this happened to me I would be very confused because I wouldn’t know where I was.I wouldn’t have ever opended the door in the first place.I would also be scared because she is Jewish and and She might have to go to the concentration camp and die=[

    Comment by AB — January 5, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

  18. The book “Devils Arithmetic” bye Jane Yolen is not my kind of book but im interested so far. There is this 13 year old girl Hannah (chaya) who dose not like going to passovers.

    Comment by AM :D — January 8, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

  19. The book The Devils Arithmetic By: Jane Yolen is kind of a good book and sometimes confusing. The book has to do with a girl who got sent back in time by opening a door at a Seder which she did not want to be at!

    Comment by JW — January 8, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

  20. This book “The devils arithmetic” is about a young girl named hannah who goes back in time , This book is very interesting because she is living in the far past but her mind set is in the future , All of the events happen pretty fast but all in all so far its a good book

    Comment by TC — January 8, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

  21. The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen is an interesting book. Hannah should be more cooperative at the Seder. It doesn’t seem to be that bad!!!

    Comment by KC7 — January 8, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

  22. I think after chapter 7 Hannah really liked being at the wedding telling different stories to the new friends she made. I think Hannah will be dreaming and wake up from the dream, or she will have hurt herself somehow when she opend the door and wake up in the hospital.

    Comment by H T — January 13, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

  23. So far thew book is getting relly good so far. but no one is listening to Hannah
    so now they all go to camp a relly bad camp so now they mite get shot or be brunt to death or just work for the rest of there lives.

    Comment by Ah — January 15, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

  24. Devil’s Arithmetic is getting better by the chapter. It keeps getting more intense and more addicting.

    Comment by AS — January 20, 2009 @ 1:18 pm

  25. wow i would be so scared if i was in Hannah place, It wasn’t fair to the jews. also the guards Threatened to burn them. Yes I’m happy now and in bethel.

    Comment by TC — January 20, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

  26. If I were Hannah I would be scared because I would be surrounded by a bunch of people I don’t know and because there are a whole bunch of people dying around me.

    Comment by KC7 — January 21, 2009 @ 1:15 pm

  27. They had to get there hair cut off take cold sowers.

    Comment by Ah — January 21, 2009 @ 1:24 pm

  28. The Devils Arithmetic is a great book to read about what happened to the Jews.This teenage girl Hannah hates to remember because thats all her family does is remember, so when she opens the door to let the Prophet Elijah but she goes back in time to the 1940’s.

    Comment by KV — February 10, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

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