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Have You Seen Luis Velez?

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Michael Crouch

11 Hours 32 Minutes

Brilliance Audio

May 2019

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An Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde brings heartwarming authenticity to the story of two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear.
Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn’t belong. Not with his mother’s new family. Not as a weekend guest with his father and his father’s wife. Not at school, where he’s an outcast. After his best friend moves away, Raymond has only two real connections: to the feral cat he’s tamed and to a blind ninety-two-year-old woman in his building who’s introduced herself with a curious question: Have you seen Luis Velez?
Mildred Gutermann, a German Jew who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, has been alone since her caretaker disappeared. She turns to Raymond for help, and as he tries to track Luis down, a deep and unexpected friendship blossoms between the two.
Despondent at the loss of Luis, Mildred isolates herself further from a neighborhood devolving into bigotry and fear. Determined not to let her give up, Raymond helps her see that for every terrible act the world delivers, there is a mirror image of deep kindness, and Mildred helps Raymond see that there’s hope if you have someone to hold on to.

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  • Mary T.

    Have You Seen Luis Valez is a heartwarming story with so many lessons and positive themes for anyone who reads it, especially young people. As a retired English high school teacher, I am going to recommend to my colleagues who are still teaching that this book be taught to high school students. They will come out of this experience realizing that self-discovery can begin through friendship with the elderly, with a better understanding of the impact of violence on families of victims, of challenges faced by families of divorce who have issues communicating effectively, and with a better understanding of the criminal justice system through a spell-binding courtroom drama. Mary T.

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  • Anonymous

    Oh loved this book. Good story light reading easy listening.

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  • Anonymous

    Riveting and heart-warming as a boy discovers himself through the eyes of an old woman, a Holocaust survivor, who in turn heals from wounds of her past.

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