Sophie is one of nearly 100 great-grandkids on the side of her father's grandmother, Serena - a 106-year old Holocaust survivor.
Besides the large family, and the age difference, there are other things making it hard for Sophie to get to know Serena: Sophie is not nearly as religious as Serena, they do not speak the same language (Sophie speaks English, her great-grandmother speaks Yiddish), and then there are the adults of the family who protect Serena. But despite all of this, Sophie is determined to get to know her great-grandmother, and in doing so, she's learning a whole lot about herself and her family.
(Please note: Sophie's great-grandmother Serena died on August 21st, 2003 - just as Sophie was completing her story)
Sophie was mentored by Elaine Shen.