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The Lady With the Hat

By Uri Orlev

Awards:
  • The Mildred L. Batchelder Award (from Association for Library Service to Children)

Yulek, a seventeen-year-old Holocaust survivor, finds himself tragically alone at war's end. Hoping to begin again, he makes his way to Palestine, where he meets a sad and beautiful Jewish girl named Theresa. Saved from the Nazis by Catholic nuns, Theresa, like Yulek, is uncertain about her place in the postwar world. Together they struggle to rediscover the joy of living. Meanwhile, a mysterious English woman sets out on her own search for the long-lost nephew that she has spotted in a newspaper photo of Jewish refugees. Perhaps by finding him, she will also find some long-hidden part of herself.

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Yulek is a Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust. Returning to his hometown after the war, he soon realizes that there's no room in Poland for him, and he decides to go to Palestine. Meanwhile his Aunt Malka, who moved to England years ago is now Melanie, Lady Faulkner. She has seen a picture of a group of Jewish Displaced Persons and has recognized Yulek. It is his resemblance to his father, her brother that catches her attention. The struggle to get to Palestine makes up the major part of the story. Yulek grapples with Poles, Italians, and the British Army. Melanie's struggles with the British Army are made easier by her husband's position. She knows who Yulek is, but will he accept her? Yulek's need for love and family are almost overwhelming. A fascinating story for ages 12 up.

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Jeremiah's Promise: An Adventure in Modern Israel

By Kenneth Roseman
It is the Spring of 1945. Having grown up a Jew in Poland, you were subjected to the real terrors of the Nazi reign, but somehow you managed to survive. Upon returning to your native town, you are horrified to see that so many of the people you knew are gone. You can no longer call Poland home; everything has changed. At a Displaced Persons' Camp, an agent of the Mossad L'Aliyah Bet, a secret group helping Jews get to Palestine, convinces you to attempt life there. Thus begins Kenneth D. Roseman's latest Do-It-Yourself Adventure book.

The reader ventures through Israel, traveling myriad paths that wind from Israel's cities to kibbutzim, from service in Israel's army to helping Yemenite Jews adjust to their new surroundings. Jeremiah's Promise ultimately tells the story of modern-day Israel by allowing YOU to experience it for yourself!

Description from Publisher

Written by Kenneth Roseman, a rabbi with a Ph.D. in American Jewish History, Jeremiah's Promise: An Adventure In Modern Israel is a remarkable book for young adult Jewish readers. It presents Jewish history in a format that allows young people to direct their own adventure. Putting the reader in the role of a Polish Jew who has survived the horrors of the Nazi reign, Jeremiah's Promise presents the reader with a choice for the future; the decision the reader makes prompts him or her to turn to a given page and read the outcome of the decision, and then make another choice, repeating the process until reaching one of the multiple endings. Different readers will enjoy very different adventures, all centering upon the theme of the journey to Israel, coming to a better understanding of the Jewish faith, and adjusting to the new surroundings of life in Palestine. An engaging, entertaining, and informative book recommended for readers of all ages.

Description from Midwest Book Review

The Storyteller's Beads

by Jane Kurtz
Based in fact, this is an original, powerful story of two Ethiopian girls who become refugees in the 1980s. A year after her family was killed while she hid in a cave nearby, Sahay is routed from her home by her uncle, before enemies arrive to take their land. One of the Kemant people, Sahay fears the evil eye of the "Falasha." Alternating chapters introduce Rahel, a blind Beta-Israel girl who dislikes being called a Falasha, and who summons all her courage to convince her family to include her beloved grandmother on the journey they must undertake. Political events hasten the plans, and Sahay and Rahel are thrown together. After an extreme and terrifying journey, they reach a Red Cross camp in the Sudan where they search for other survivors from their region, certain they will die from sickness or malnutrition. Then Rahel learns of a plan to go to Israel, and convinces Sahay to pretend to be her sister. The story is beautifully told in words and phrases that enhance the exotic locale and situation of the two endangered girls, who are richly portrayed. Kurtz keeps the focus personal but never allows larger events to dissipate in this engrossing tale.

Description from Kirkus Reviews

Two young Ethiopians grow past their antagonism in this sensitive, from-the-heart tale of refugees fleeing a drought-and violence-stricken land. The only survivors of a massacred family, Sahay and her uncle set out for Sudan, joining, to Sahay's dismay, a band of Ethiopian Jews--the Falasha, or strangers, she has been taught to fear and despise. With them is Rahel, blind and accompanied only by her brother. After a grueling, danger-filled journey, the group's men are turned back at the border. The barrier between Sahay and Rahel falls when, moved by compassion, Sahay becomes Rahel's guide until they reach the refugee camp at Umm Rekuba. The inner strength Rahel draws from her flute, a small bag of Ethiopian soil, and especially, her grandmother's necklace (the stories of Queen Yehudit [Judith], Hirute [Ruth], and others are tied to the beads) helps both girls survive the terror, despair, anger, and grief of being uprooted. Ultimately, Sahay realizes that Rahel and her people are no longer "strangers," and they escape to Jerusalem in a clandestine Israeli airlift. Well versed in Ethiopia's cultures and history, Kurtz brings conditions in that strife-torn country into sharp focus and ends her penetrating story on a note more hopeful than happy.

Description from Booklist

Under the Domim Tree

by Gila Almagor




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Aviya, a girl living in a youth village in Israel in 1953, strives privately to come to terms with the pain of her mother's mental illness and the uncertainty of knowing little about her father. She also helps her friends, survivors of the Holocaust, as they continue to struggle with the horrors of the war and its aftermath. This powerful story is based on Almagor's own experiences of living in a youth village.

Description from Horn Book

Almagor, a celebrated Israeli actress, draws on her own adolescence for this absorbing, deeply moving novel set in an Israeli ``youth village'' in 1953. Most of the other young people at Udim are orphans of the Holocaust; Aviya, the narrator, still has her mother, but she is so traumatized by unstated wartime experiences that she cannot care for her daughter. Despite their unimaginably painful pasts, Aviya and her friends are sturdy and optimistic-even in the face of shocking new developments. Timid, withdrawn Yola becomes a type of conduit for everyone's innermost longings after her father is discovered in Warsaw; when he dies from overexcitement before their reunion, Yola summons up unexpected resources of grace and courage. Mira, the only hostile girl in the group, receives the community's wholehearted support when she denies the claims of two Auschwitz survivors who say they are her parents. Sensitively related in Aviya's fresh voice, the extreme nature of these events seems fully believable. It is impossible to come away from this novel without added insight into the impact of war-and admiration for those who endure its horrors.

Description from Publishers Weekly

Brothers Divided

By Eli Jacobs
Iranian agents have ignited a major civil war crisis in Israel. The Brothers Division, a top secret arm of the Mossad -- the Israel secret service -- enlists the aid of Jon Warren, an American reporter with Strong Israel connectioins to help them defuse the situation. But when Jon discovers the truth, the Brothers Division disowns him and the conspirators target him for elimination.

This book is a fast-paced suspense novel with a current, believable theme -- Terror! Well developed characters give the reader an in-depth view of the dynamic changes in Israeli society. It also reveals some of the underlying causes of the real tension among Israelis today.

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Daughters of the Ark

By Anna Morgan
An adventure story based on true events, real characters and legends. This historical-fiction novel features two girls, separated in time by thousands of years, who are forced to leave their homes and make a dangerous journey to an unknown land. As they journey towards new destinations — one to Axum, Ethiopia, from Jerusalem, and the other travels back to Jerusalem, from Ethiopia — they encounter adventure and overcome challenges as they become independent and self-reliant young women.

The story starts with Aleesha in 961 BCE as she and her family, descendants from the House of Israel, are sent from Jerusalem to join the Queen of Sheba in Ethiopia. Aleesha faces adventure and danger with great bravery and intelligence. Connecting her story to that of Debritu’s, her distant descendant, is the tale of an emerald stolen from the ancient Holy Ark in King Solomon’s Temple and brought to Ethiopia. Passed on from generation to generation the precious stone comes under the care of Debritu.

The second part of the story is based on true events in 1984, as Debritu journeys, along with her two brothers, through the treacherous mountains of Ethiopia and the deserts of the Sudan where they must deal with bandits and famine before they ultimately reach Jerusalem, their new as well as ancestral home.

Based on the ancient and contemporary history of the Beyta Israel tribe, Daughters of the Ark weaves these tales together to create a suspenseful and meaningful novel for young readers from varied backgrounds providing a unique opportunity to learn about people and locations not ordinarily written about for young audiences.

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After the War

By Carol Matas
"Didn't the gas ovens finish you all off?" is the response that meets Ruth Mendenberg when she returns to her village in Poland after the liberation of Buchenwald at the end of World War II. Her entire family wiped out in the Holocaust, the fifteen-year-old girl has nowhere to go.

Members of the underground organization Brichah find her, and she joins them in their dangerous quest to smuggle illegal immigrants to Palestine. Ruth risks her life to help lead a group of children on a daring journey over half a continent and across the sea to Eretz Israel, using secret routes and forged documents -- and sheer force of will.

This adventure will touch readers, who will marvel at the resources and inner strength of mere children helping other children to find a place in this world in which they can belong. Carol Matas, one of the foremost authors of historical fiction, brings the desperation and passion of this remarkable journey to life.

Description from Publisher

Matas's historical novel shows that the persecution of Europe's Jewish population did not end with their liberation from the Nazi death camps. She tells the story of Ruth, 15, who makes her way back from Buchenwald to her Polish homeland to discover that Jews are still viewed by others with suspicion and hatred. Desperate and alone, she meets Saul, who persuades her to join a group of refugees planning to emigrate to Palestine. Historically, the book is accurate and references to actual events are interwoven neatly into the narrative. The author does oversimplify the position of the British and their decision to stop Jewish immigration to Palestine, and this is a definite weakness. Nonetheless, the story is strong and compelling and the use of descriptive language creates a mood of desperation and hope combined with a commitment to survival. The use of flashbacks is effective and serves to sustain the mood as well as add depth to Ruth's character. After the War is a thought-provoking novel that offers great insight into the current problems in the Middle East and the passion with which the Jewish people will fight to protect what they perceive to be rightfully theirs.

Description from School Library Journal

The Garden

By Carol Matas
"I look at my garden and wonder if we will end up like that in the weeks and months to come -- broken, crushed." Ruth Mendenberg, a survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp, has risked her life to help smuggle a group of refugees into Palestine. Now she wants to forget the past and forge a new life. But violence is escalating all around her as Arabs and Jews disagree over the partitioning of Palestine. Ruth will be forced to fight -- and maybe even kill -- in defense of a long-awaited prize: a place to call home. In this sequel to After the War, award-winning author Carol Matas tells the story of one girl's courage during the tumultuous events leading to the birth of the State of Israel.

Description from Publisher

In After the War, Matas related the story of a 15-year-old concentration camp survivor, Ruth Mendelson, and told of her journey from Poland to Palestine. The Garden is set in and around Kibbutz David, where Ruth now lives. It is November 1947, and the United Nations is preparing to vote on a plan to partition Palestine into Jewish and Arab lands. Ruth describes the difficulties the kibbutzniks face as British troops stand by and Arabs attack. She struggles with conflicting feelings about armed confrontation and longs for peace and security. Ruth is a courageous, sensitive young woman whose actions, ideas, and ideals are genuine and thought-provoking. Her first-person, present-tense narration is engrossing and unaffected. The other characters are well delineated, particularly Ruth's wisecracking boyfriend. The Garden is a riveting, relevant novel that raises tough questions and provides no easy answers. It will be useful in units on war and conflict, but it's also a truly good read.

Description from School Library Journal

One More River

By Lynne Reid Banks
"Were going to emigrate", The words dropped into Lesley's mind innocently...and exploded like a bomb. Emigrating meant leaving home for-ever. She couldn't beleive it. But her father had made up his mind."We're going where we can live on an edge...without challenges, We rot, mind, soul and body."Life on border Kibbutz in Isreal turns out to be one challenge after another for Lesley, who has always taken "the good life" for granted. At home she was popular, successful at school, and trendily dressed. Now it's all gone. A stranger in a strange land , she has to start from scratch, and that includes learning a new language, doing manual work and sharing sleeping quarters with three others -- one of them a boy. And just across the river Jordan she can see the enemy. Lesley doesn't think she'll ever adjust, or that she even wants to. But that's before the ultimate challenge of a full-scale war brings her to a new undestanding of her family, her people, and herself.

Description from Publisher

Lesley's life is perfect until her wealthy father decides to give up everything and move the family to a kibbutz in Israel to get them back to their roots. The adjustment is hard on everyone and is complicated by the onset of the Six-Day War. Dramatic conflict and personal acclimatization are both depicted with a strong sense of reality.

Description from Horn Book

Broken Bridge

By Lynne Reid Banks
In this sequel to One More River, Lesley is a grown woman and still living in the kibbutz. Her young nephew is killed by an Arab terrorist the day he arrives for a visit, and her daughter, Nili, is the only witness. As a result of Glen's death and the uproar it causes, these complex characters engage in a re-evaluation of their relationships to one another and to the kibbutz. Nili, shielded by one of the two terrorists who killed Glen, struggles with her own moral dilemma when she chooses to repay him for her life by refusing to identify him in a lineup. Banks skillfully interweaves the stories of her varied cast, providing an interesting look at life in the kibbutz and in Israel and posing some tough questions about the Mideast struggle and the motivations and actions of the Israeli people. Thoughtful reading for young adults who aren't looking for pat endings and easy answers.

Description from Booklist

The target audience wasn't even born when this book's predecessor, One More River, was published 22 years ago. No matter, because this gripping novel stands-indeed gallops-just fine on its own. At the behest of his father Noah, who turned his back on Israel and his first family years earlier, Glen, a rich Canadian teen, reluctantly accompanies his cousin Nili (the daughter of the heroine of One More River) to her native kibbutz, which he imagines as a "weirdo farm village in [a] crazy country filled with barbarians." Readers expecting a formulaic YA story, in which Glen overcomes adversity and learns to love his new surroundings, are in for a rude shock: almost immediately he is murdered by an Arab; Nili, the sole witness, refuses to identify the assassin's companion, who unfathomably spared her life. Banks takes an unflinching look at Israel today: at the eroding kibbutzim, at the unwelcome yet much-needed Russian immigrants and, most courageously of all, at the bloody and seemingly irresolvable conflict with the Arabs. Interwoven throughout are resonant themes of homecoming, family and forgiveness. A powerful, moving tale that provides no easy answers for Jew or Arab, this novel should provoke much thought and discussion.

Description from Publishers Weekly

Jerusalem Diaries and Other Stories

By Miriam Stark Zakon
Festival stories spanning 2,000 years of the Holy City's history.

Description from Publisher

I read this book when I was much younger, and I have a fuzzy memory of enjoying most of the stories. But the one story that I still remember clearly -- and that is worth the price of the entire book -- is "Reb Aharon in Search of a Miracle." Despite its rather cumbersome title, this story -- about a young Jewish boy blinded by a grenade in Jerusalem in 1910 -- is truly affecting.

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Becoming Gershona
Will Gershona ever figure out where she belongs? It’s 1958. Gershona’s twelve and her country, Israel, is fourteen. Both of them are growing up. The buildings in Tel Aviv seem unfinished, and even though food is still rationed, more immigrants are arriving every day One of these immigrants is Gershona’s grandfather, who hasn’t seen his family in thirty-We years. Getting to know mm is bound to be hard, especially because Gershona doesn’t know who she is yet. Her mother treats her like a child. The kids in the neighborhood call her "Gershona Primadonna." The only one who listens to her is Nimrod, a boy who’s just come to Israel himself. And maybe, with Nimrod’s help, Gershona can begin to discover who she really is. "A moving portrait of people in a unique time and place in history." -The Horn Book

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When I Left My Village

By Maxine Rose Schur
This companion to Schur's Day of Delight follows a family of Ethiopian Jews (the Beta Israel) in their escape from drought and persecution. Traveling at night on foot through mountains, plains, and desert, 12-year-old Menelik, his parents, and younger brother head for a Sudanese refugee camp. From there, the people are airlifted to Israel; given homes, clothing, and food; and assimilated into a culture that offers them freedom, safety, and equality. The boy tells the story of the perilous journeyof days filled with hunger, fear of discovery, and death; of a furtive border crossing; of weeks of unsanitary living in the crowded camp; and, finally, of resettlement in a small white hut in the hills near Jerusalem. The book reads like a true adventure story. Pinkney's full-page, black-and-white scratchboard illustrations add reality to this fictionalized account of the recent rescue mission that saved the remnants of a little-known civilization. A map of the Middle East shows the family's escape route, and an author's note adds historical information.

Description from School Library Journal

Winner of The Sydney Taylor Award (The Association of Jewish Libraries)

Flying With Daniel

By Malky Brailofsky
A young adventurer traps a skyjacker, discovers a 2,000-year-old treasure, returns a lost son to his anxious parents, and more, on his visit to Eretz Yisrael.

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Harry's Choice

By Moshe Hoffman
When Harry Berger, a streetwise kid from the slums and aspiring magician, is sent off to Israel, he has no idea what awaits him. A story filled with suspense, excitement, adventure, and surprise.

Description from Publisher

The Gang of Four:
Nest of the Jerusalem Eagle

By Yaacov Peterseil
Following their exploits in Kung Fooey to the Rescue, the Gang of Four--Ruth, Jake, Izzy, and Benji--is back in action once again, attempting to recover priceless treasures, stolen by terrorists from the Islamic Museum in Jerusalem.

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Secret Grove

By Barbara Cohen



Teacher's Guide Also Available
Beni and Ahmed were both about ten years old, and they both liked to play soccer. However, they were unable to develop their friendship because Beni is an Israeli Jew and Ahmed a Jordanian Arab, and the boundary between their homes was not to be crossed. Cohen ably and subtly shows children how political borders and adult prejudices divide and separate people. But she also injects hope and the possibility of a more stable future into her story as the boys meet secretly, learn about each other's family lives and spend time together harmoniously. The theme of peace in the Middle East has been well presented to this age group in nonfiction works (Jacob Zim's My Shalom, My Peace: Painting and Poems by Jewish and Arab Children McGraw Hill, 1975; o.p. and Gavriel and Jemal: Two Boys of Jerusalem Dodd, 1984 by Brent Ashabranner). The Secret Grove serves to fill the gap in fiction for younger readers.

Description from School Library Journal

Flying Lessons

By Nava Semel
The Israeli author of Becoming Gershona weaves dreamlike images and innocent profundity into a coming-of-age tale of great power. In a remote part of Israel, Hadara, the 12-year-old daughter of the "one and only dead mother in the village," decides to learn to fly. While her father works in his citrus grove, Hadara visits Monsieur Maurice Havivel, the village's "one and only" shoemaker. After inflaming Hadara's imagination with tales of the magical circus of flying Jews he once belonged to, Monsieur Maurice agrees to help her learn to fly. No matter how much she practices, however, he tells her that she is not yet ready. But as drought threatens the citrus groves and with them the welfare of the village, Hadara thinks, "If I could fly, I would tie all the clouds to a string and pull them back down with me." Her maiden flight, from her father's tallest tree, culminates in a broken leg-and in the life-giving rain-but a saddened Monsieur Maurice tells her, "You weren't scared enough to fly for real." Only after Hadara recovers and Monsieur Maurice goes away is his past revealed-although readers knowledgeable about the Holocaust will have intuited much of it already. Sensitive translation preserves the lyricism of Semel's deeply moving work.

Description from Publishers Weekly

Kids ages 10 and older will appreciate this story of an Israeli girl whose family faces changes during a drought. Her ability to come to grips with the lack of a mother and with her desire to fly to freedom makes for a revealing, strong story.

Description from Midwest Book Review

Running on Eggs

By Anna Levine
A sympathetic story of an Israeli-Arab friendship. In an atmosphere of suspicion and fear, young Arabs and Jews have lived apart, forced to share space on the school bus but having no further contact. Between the kibbutz and the Arab village lies an uncultivated tract where Karen's deceased father once ran and where Karen now hopes to train for the Galilee Run in hopes of qualifying for a 10K race in Spain. A tentative friendship between Yasmine and Karen, brought about by the track coach's insistence on having Arab runners as well as Jews on his track team, is threatened when he refuses to allow the Arab girls to run in skirts, and Yasmine's older brother angrily bars her from the team. But the girls continue to meet, and run, in no-man's-land until Yasmine's brother and friends find them there and chase Karen. In her haste to escape, she falls and hits her head, but tells her mother that she was caught in the cross fire of a game. In the meantime, the adult world is moving toward conciliation. Coach Enrico has led the two communities to agree to develop the wild area as a running track, to be opened with the Galilee Run. Spurred on by the pacing of Yasmine, who cannot run officially but joins her mid-race, Karen comes in third, winning a place on the traveling team. While the message sometimes threatens to overwhelm the story, the author sustains the mood and the suspense well enough to bring the book to a satisfying conclusion. Readers can enjoy this as a simple sports story as well as a picture of life in a world immersed in hostilities.

Description from Library Journal

As they practice running, Yasmine exhorts Karen to pretend she is "running on eggs." In Israel, where every lunch box could be a bomb, everyone seems to be running, or at least walking, on eggs -- especially in the no man's land between Karen's kibbutz and Yasmine's Arab village. But talented Yasmine is willing to coach Karen for a race whose winners will go to an international track competition in Spain-- Yasmine herself cannot be on the track team because her father feels it is immodest and unfeminine. As the girls run secretly, Karen remembers her father, killed in the war in Lebanon, and his dream to establish friendly relations between the Jewish and Arab communities. When her kibbutz neighbors and family learn of her practices with Yasmine, Karen wonders if she can be as strong as her father. Levine's first novel is mostly successful. She has created a fascinating portrait of an exotic and troubled land where school buses must be routinely searched for bombs and gunfire is as common as birdsong.

Description from VOYA

A Boy, a Chicken, and the Lion of Judah: How Ari Becoame a Vegetarian

By Roberta Kalechofsky

Awards:
  • "Kind Writers Make Kind Readers Award" from the Fund for Animals

This warm and witty book tells the story of Ari who lives on a moshav in the Negev where he has adventures in archeology and desert lore. But when he discovers where his dinner chicken comes from, he is very disturbed for he does not want to eat it. He also does not want to hurt his mother's feelings by rejecting her Shabbat dinner. He does not know how to resolve this conflict.

The book explores with gentle humor the difficulties a nine year old child has in combatting the socialization to eat meat. Ari's problem is pervasive, for many children have an instinctive dislike for meat and are "socialized" into eating it by societal pressures. Though Ari's parents consider themselves to be liberal and progressive and engage in important environmental issues, they are oblivious to Ari's unhappiness with meat.

His problem becomes a crisis when Grandma Ellie comes from the United States to take care of him while his mother goes to the hosptial to have a baby. Ari and his grandparents take a memorable trip to Eilat, where Ari finds out from his grandfather that even adults had trouble as children growing up. This knowledge, with the help of his teacher who is a vegetarian and the discovery that her brother, a famous soccer player, is a vegetarian, helps him overcome his difficulty.

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Lydia, Queen of Palestine

By Uri Orlev
Lydia, a typically self-centered and unusually spirited child caught up in the dissolution of her personal and societal worlds, narrates her story. Her parents separate, divorce, and ultimately remarry-both to people she considers to be her enemies. World War II Romania becomes an increasingly dangerous place for Jews, and Lydia's mother sends her to a kibbutz in Israel, promising to follow soon. Adjustment to communal life is difficult for an individualist like Lydia, and when her mother neither arrives nor writes, she seeks out her father, already in Israel. Reluctantly, she comes to realize that ``That Woman'' to whom he is now married is not really an adversary. When her mother arrives married to the man Lydia had tried to get rid of, she is also able to accept him. For slightly younger readers than, and neither as taut nor as involving as, Orlev's The Island on Bird Street and The Man from the Other Side, this is an honest book peopled with convincing characters whose petty jealousies and concerns occupy them more than the larger events of the world in which they live. Lydia's experiences are often wryly humorous; she is both inventive and unpredictable, and never boring. This offers a contrast to the spate of Holocaust books with harrowing escapes and heroic protagonists, but it may not have as much intrinsic appeal for young readers.

Description from School Library Journal


Prince Of Akko

By Raphael Sackville
The swashbuckling story of Chaim Farhi, a heroic young Jew who comes to grips with the most cruel. greedy, dishonest, Jew-hating pasha in all of Palestine.

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The Cohens of Tzefat

The 2,00 year saga of a Jewish family overcoming all odds, from Roman legions to Arab artillery.


By Miriam Stark Zakon
A wounded Jewish officer in the Yom Kippur War feels his mind fill with a panorama of events tracing the history of his people and his part of Israel.

The moving and exciting story of the Cohen family, traced through exciting vignettes of historical fiction, spanning the course of 2,000 years.

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