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Have You Seen Luis Velez?
by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Published: 2019-05-21
Paperback : 320 pages
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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 ...

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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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1. What is reveled initially about Raymond's character when he interacts with the stray cat? Why will this set the stage for the remainder of the interactions that Raymond faces?
2. Mrs. G tells Raymond that the world is "a tough place...yet we're callled upon to be grateful that we're in it." Do you agree with her? How does this present a challenge in today's world?
3. When Mrs. G is the most despondent, Raymond takes her to hear a cello played. Mrs. G says the instrument has the same sad-to-beautiful ratio as life. What does she mean by that?
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  "Uplifting Story!"by CynKing57 (see profile) 06/18/21

Catherine Ryan Howard has penned another uplifting story. While this book was probably written for a young adult audience, the story can be enjoyed by any age. As a mixed race teen, Raymond Jaffe feels... (read more)

 
by Eviee2013 (see profile) 05/07/21

 
  "Gem of a book"by Kerrinhp (see profile) 04/06/20

This is a gem of book. Words to describe Have You Seen Luis Velez? Uplifting, thought-provoking, encouraging, and big-hearted. If you need any of those ideas in your life (and who doesn't),... (read more)

 
  "Have you seen Luis Velez "by Franh (see profile) 03/20/20

I read this for a bookclub discussion and everyone of us said it was one of the best reads we’ve had. Most memorable.

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