Jewish Novels
for Older Children


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The Very Best Me
In this collection of stories, each young hero faces a difficult situation, yet manages to cope and rise to the challenge.

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The Hanukkah Ghosts

By Malka Penn
At the heart of this suspenseful time-slip fantasy set during Hanukkah is a young girl's growing awareness of her Jewish identity. When Susan is sent to England to spend the week with an elderly aunt, she feels as desolate as the gray moors surrounding the stone manor house. But as the Hanukkah candles flicker each night, she mysteriously meets the children who lived there during World War II. One is Hanni, a Jewish refugee; another is Alex, Aunt Elizabeth's prejudiced stepson. Penn strikes a good balance between the ordinary events of daylight and the extraordinary happenings at dusk. Although information about Hanukkah isn't always smoothly integrated into the narrative, it is a minor flaw. This has good style, a likable heroine, and an eerie atmosphere. When Susan is able to correct a terrible injustice that occurred 50 years earlier, she takes part in the miracle of the holiday season.

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The Adventures of Jeremy Levi

By Yaffa Ganz
Relates the amusing misadventures of eleven-year-old Jeremy Levi whose clever ideas always lead to trouble.

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Hinkl and Other Shlemiel Stories

By Miriam Chaikin
Six stories about shlemiels, who resemble the fools of Chelm, but live throughout the world.

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The Marvelous Mix-up and other tales of Reb Sholem

By Ruchama King Feuerman
The wise and understanding Rabbi of Keppel is really put to the test! When the richest man in town won't share a penny with anyone, when something mysterious is wrontg with all the children, and when his hateful enemy sets out to revenge on the Jews - will Reb Shalom come to the rescue?

The Egyptian Star -

An Emes Junior Interpol Mystery

By Mariam Zakon
Meet Simcha and Moshe, agents of Emes Junior Interpol and two intrepid teens. Moshe, the son of a high-ranking Israeli intelligence officer, with instincts developed on the streets of Tel Aviv and New York, joins forces with Simcha, a Brooklyn rabbi's first-born son, whose talent for logical reasoning has been honed by years of Talmudic study. Together, the dynamic detectives are guided by their Jewish values and ingenuity as they are involved in mystery and danger. A thrilling blend of intrigue, entertainment, and information, this series is a bestseller among teen readers. These mystery books are not only fun, they teach Torah-true hashkafa!

Having promised to find a Nazi murderer in Cairo, two teenage Jewish boys find adventure in both Egypt and Israel as they fall into the hands of Arab terrorists and stumble upon a long-lost treasure.

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The Floating Minyan of Pirate's Cove -

An Emes Junior Interpol Mystery
Meet Simcha and Moshe, agents of Emes Junior Interpol and two intrepid teens. Moshe, the son of a high-ranking Israeli intelligence officer, with instincts developed on the streets of Tel Aviv and New York, joins forces with Simcha, a Brooklyn rabbi's first-born son, whose talent for logical reasoning has been honed by years of Talmudic study. Together, the dynamic detectives are guided by their Jewish values and ingenuity as they are involved in mystery and danger. A thrilling blend of intrigue, entertainment, and information, this series is a bestseller among teen readers. These mystery books are not only fun, they teach Torah-true hashkafa!

Two teenage boys, one American, one Israeli, try to solve a mystery involving an agent who has been missing for thirty-six years.

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The Secret of Sambatyon -

An Emes Junior Interpol Mystery
Meet Simcha and Moshe, agents of Emes Junior Interpol and two intrepid teens. Moshe, the son of a high-ranking Israeli intelligence officer, with instincts developed on the streets of Tel Aviv and New York, joins forces with Simcha, a Brooklyn rabbi's first-born son, whose talent for logical reasoning has been honed by years of Talmudic study. Together, the dynamic detectives are guided by their Jewish values and ingenuity as they are involved in mystery and danger. A thrilling blend of intrigue, entertainment, and information, this series is a bestseller among teen readers. These mystery books are not only fun, they teach Torah-true hashkafa!

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One-of-A-Kind Yanky and Other Stories

By Pia Wolcowitz
Whether collecting runaway spiders, or catching a runaway clown, Yanky Arens is always up to something. Join Yanky's adventures and make friends with a kid who's one-of-a-kind!

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The Hopscotch Tree

By Leda Siskind
Ten-year-old Edith and her family have just moved, and she finds herself the only Jew in her new school. Because of this, she is targeted for teasing, pinching, hair pulling, and name calling ("skinny little Jew,'' "kike,'' and "Jew girl'') by Zandra and her gang. When she discovers and confronts the ringleader with the fact that Zandra herself is half Jewish, Edith learns the true meaning behind the proverb, "Better that my enemy should see good in me than I see evil in him.'' Set in Los Angeles in 1960, the book offers a smattering of period details--marches for integration, air raid drills in school, President Kennedy, and oblique references to the cold war.

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The Diamond Bird

By Yona Weinberg
In this wonderful book by Yona Weinberg, we go on new adventures and meet new friends all curious and mischievous, always wholesome.

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The Friendly Persuader And Other Stories

By Shaindel Weinbach
Delightful true tales from around the globe and through the centuries retold by Shaindel Weinbach, beautifully illustrated by Yosef Dershowitz.

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The Secret of the Space Scrolls and Cholent

By Marc Gideon and Yaacov Peterseil
Jewish Science Fiction

Golden Apples:
Parables of Ben Ish Chai

By Yaakov Kahn

B.Y. Times Kid Sisters 3-in-1, #1

By Leah Klein
Sarah Chinn, Naomi Kaufman, and Rivky Segal have a lot in common. They're all fourth graders at Bais Yaakov of Bloomfield. They all have big sisters. And they've all got terrific stories to tell! In this 3-in-1 book, you'll read three exciting stories, meet warm, wonderful characters, and enter a new world of challenges, triumphs, and lots of fun.

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Class-ified Information: Suri

By M.C. Millman
Now it's Suri's turn to tell her story. This first-person account of an eighth grader's trials and tribulations is a real winner! The second book in a well-loved series for young girls is full of fun, excitement, and plenty of personality!

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Class-ified Information: Tziporah

By M.C. Millman
Tziporah's not worried. Back in Cleveland, she'd been the most popular girl in her class. And she already knows two of the girls in her new class, so she's sure to fit in--right? Well, that remains to be seen. This first book in an exciting series highlights Tziporah's story, told with humor, wit, and down-to-earth emotion. In the eleven books to come, you'll meet a host of endearing, well-drawn characters, making this series a must-read for teens this summer!

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Gemarakup Super Sleuth

By Miriam Stark Zakon
Yisrael David Finkel is a sixth-grader whose friends call him Gemarakup (Talmudic mind) the police call him Sherlock Holmes because of his knack for solving mysteries using stories from our sages. Join him, and try to solve a few yourself!

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Choices
Sara Citron came from Texas with stars in her eyes. Edie Oppenheim came from Brooklyn with a glower and a frown -- and an air of mystery. The two fifteen-year-olds were in Montford, New York to attend the local Beth Jacob High School. They were classmates, fellow boarders at the affluent Rudin home, and part-time workers at the local shaatnez lab. It should have been a teen-age idyll -- but it wasn’t.

Something was troubling Edie, something deep. There was a dark secret in her life, and it clouded her relationship with the Rudins, with her schoolmates -- even her precious new friendship with Sara. What was it? Why did she leave home? Who was her anonymous telephone friend? Where did she disappear to? And what was it about little Naftali’s gift to Mrs. Rudin that seemed to shatter Edie’s world?

Choices are always hard, especially for teenagers away from home, struggling with dependency and the urge for freedom. In this book we enter the minds and hearts of Sara and Edie as they are forced to choose -- and we feel for them as each one feels the need for the other to help, to be a friend when only a friend has the right shoulder to lean on.

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