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Jewish Interest for the Junior High and Up

Celebrate Jewish culture and life with the following titles.

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Grace in the Wilderness

After the Liberation, 1945-1948

An NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.A sequel to Upon the Head of the Goat, a Newbery Honor Book.

Aranka Siegal Aranka Siegal

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Memories of Babi

Piri is a city girl, but every year she goes to visit her grandmother Babi on her farm in the Ukrainian village of Komjaty. There is a lot that Piri finds...

Aranka Siegal Aranka Siegal

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The Night of the Burning

Devorah's Story

Devorah’s world is shattered by the tragedies of post–Great War Europe: gas poisoning, famine, typhoid, and influenza. Then comes the Night of the Burning,...

"...Devorah’s world is shattered by the tragedies of post–Great War Europe: gas poisoning, famine, typhoid, and influenza. Then comes the Night of the Burning,.... Devorah’s world is shattered by the tragedies of post–Great War Europe: gas poisoning, famine, typhoid, and influenza. Then comes the Night of the Burning, when Cossacks provoke Christian Poles to attack their Jewish neighbors. In 1920, eleven-year-old Devorah and her little sister, Nechama, are the sole survivors of their community. Sal..."

Linda Press Wulf Linda Press Wulf

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Upon the Head of the Goat

A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944

Upon the Head of the Goat is the winner of the 1982 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and a 1982 Newbery Honor Book.

"...A Newbery Honor Book. A Newbery Honor Book. “At the outbreak of World War II, 9-year-old Piri is visiting her grandmother in the Ukrainian countryside and is unable to return to her family in the Hungarian town of Beregszász. Aranka Siegal, the Piri of the narrative, finally comes home the following year but finds her life forever changed.” – Starred, School Library Journal “This is a book that should be read by all those interested in the Holocaust and what it did to young and old.” – Isaac B..."

Aranka Siegal Aranka Siegal

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The Search

Esther remembers her own experience of the Holocaust as a Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, and recounts to her grandson Daniel and his friend Jeroen how she...

"...Esther remembers her own experience of the Holocaust as a Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, and recounts to her grandson Daniel and his friend Jeroen how she.... Esther remembers her own experience of the Holocaust as a Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, and recounts to her grandson Daniel and his friend Jeroen how she escaped from the Nazis and survived by going into hiding in the countryside. Her parents were not so lucky. Esther knows they were sent to a concentration camp and died there, and w..."

By Eric Heuvel, Ruud van der Rol, Lies Schippers and Lorraine T. Miller

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The Search

Esther remembers her own experience of the Holocaust as a Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, and recounts to her grandson Daniel and his friend Jeroen how she...

"...Esther remembers her own experience of the Holocaust as a Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, and recounts to her grandson Daniel and his friend Jeroen how she.... Esther remembers her own experience of the Holocaust as a Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, and recounts to her grandson Daniel and his friend Jeroen how she escaped from the Nazis and survived by going into hiding in the countryside. Her parents were not so lucky. Esther knows they were sent to a concentration camp and died there, and w..."

By Eric Heuvel, Ruud van der Rol, Lies Schippers and Lorraine T. Miller

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A Family Secret

While searching his grandmother’s attic for likely items to sell at a yard sale, Jeroen finds a photo album that brings back hard memories for his grandmother,...

"...While searching his grandmother’s attic for likely items to sell at a yard sale, Jeroen finds a photo album that brings back hard memories for his grandmother,.... While searching his grandmother’s attic for likely items to sell at a yard sale, Jeroen finds a photo album that brings back hard memories for his grandmother, Helena. Helena tells Jeroen for the first time about her experiences during the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War, and mourns the loss of her Je..."

By Eric Heuvel and Lorraine T. Miller

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A Family Secret

While searching his grandmother’s attic for likely items to sell at a yard sale, Jeroen finds a photo album that brings back hard memories for his grandmother,...

By Eric Heuvel and Lorraine T. Miller

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Letters from Rifka

A deeply felt, deeply personal story of immigration from beloved Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse.

Karen Hesse Karen Hesse

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We Are Witnesses

Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust

Voices that must be heard. Voices we must never forget.

Jacob Boas

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Mara's Stories

Glimmers in the Darkness

A testament to the power of stories, and how they may bring hope even in times of darkness.

Gary Schmidt Gary Schmidt

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Brooklyn Bridge

From the incomparable Karen Hesse comes a powerfully evocative and accessible family story, set at the turn of the century, by turns serious, funny, and with a...

By Karen Hesse and Chris Sheban

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