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Jewish Interest for the Middle Grade

Celebrate Jewish culture and life with the following titles.

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A Day of Pleasure

Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw

An ALA Notable Book. A Day of Pleasure is the winner of the 1970 National Book Award for Children's Books.

By Isaac Bashevis Singer and Roman Vishniac

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Hidden Child

A powerful story of survival, loss, and hope Isaac was seven when the Germans invaded France and his life changed forever. First his father was taken away,...

Isaac Millman Isaac Millman

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

How I Learned Geography

Having fled from war in their troubled homeland, a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange country. Food is scarce, so when the boy’s father...

Uri Shulevitz Uri Shulevitz

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In Defiance of Hitler

The Secret Mission of Varian Fry

On August 4, 1940, an unassuming American journalist named Varian Fry made his way to Marseilles, France, carrying in his pockets the names of approximately...

Carla Killough McClafferty Carla Killough McClafferty

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Julia's Kitchen

Cara Segal is a born worrier. She figures her worrying works like a whisper in God’s ear – if Cara’s concerned about car crashes, kidnappings, or murders, she...

Brenda A. Ferber Brenda A. Ferber

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Stories for Children

Thirty-six stories by the Nobel Prize winner, including some of his most famous such as "Zlateh the Goat," "Mazel and Shlimazel," and "The Fools of Chelm and...

"...Thirty-six stories by the Nobel Prize winner, including some of his most famous such as "Zlateh the Goat", "Mazel and Shlimazel", and "The Fools of Chelm and.... Thirty-six stories by the Nobel Prize winner, including some of his most famous such as "Zlateh the Goat", "Mazel and Shlimazel", and "The Fools of Chelm and the Stupid Carp".. "This superb collection of stories by Singer brings together both old favorites and tales less familiar to American children...Singer writes with wit and imagi..."

Isaac Bashevis Singer

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The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela

Through Three Continents in the Twelfth Century

Through Three Continents in the Twelfth Century Imagine a time when streets were narrow and dirty, towns were surrounded by walls, brigands lurked alongside...

Uri Shulevitz Uri Shulevitz

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The Treasure

Three times a voice comes to Isaac in his dreams and tells him to go to the capital city and look for a treasure under the bridge by the royal palace. Feeling...

Uri Shulevitz Uri Shulevitz

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Sunburst Paperbacks

Why Noah Chose the Dove

"Singer's latest retelling from the Old Testament gives a new dimension to the story of the Flood. Children will enjoy hearing the different animals praise...

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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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Henry Holt and Co.

The Doll with the Yellow Star

A tender story about the power of love in the face of loss Nine-year-old Claudine doesn’t want to leave her much-loved home in France to go live in...

"...A tender story about the power of love in the face of loss Nine-year-old Claudine doesn’t want to leave her much-loved home in France to go live in.... A tender story about the power of love in the face of loss Nine-year-old Claudine doesn’t want to leave her much-loved home in France to go live in America, not without her parents. But she knows about the shortages, about the yellow stars Jews must wear, and about Adolf Hitler. And she knows that there are some things she needs to do even when ..."

By Yona Zeldis McDonough and Kimberly Bulcken Root

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Kindertransport

Mama and I climbed aboard. I waved to Papa until he was only a tiny speck in the distance. The train turned the curve, and he was gone. The powerful...

"...Mama and I climbed aboard. I waved to Papa until he was only a tiny speck in the distance. The train turned the curve, and he was gone. The powerful.... Mama and I climbed aboard. I waved to Papa until he was only a tiny speck in the distance. The train turned the curve, and he was gone. The powerful autobiographical account of a young girls' struggle as a Jewish refugee in England from 1939-1945.. "One of the World War II reminiscences that middle school readers will devour." --School Library..."

Olga Levy Drucker

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Anne Frank

Here is the story of Anne Frank, who, from 1942 to 1944, hid from the Nazis with her family in a secret apartment in Amsterdam. As Hitler carried out his plans...

"...Here is the story of Anne Frank, who, from 1942 to 1944, hid from the Nazis with her family in a secret apartment in Amsterdam. As Hitler carried out his plans.... Here is the story of Anne Frank, who, from 1942 to 1944, hid from the Nazis with her family in a secret apartment in Amsterdam. As Hitler carried out his plans to rid Europe of all Jews, Anne bravely made the best of her confined life. She wrote in her diary, kept up with her studies, and pasted photographs of movie stars on her wall..."

By Yona Zeldis McDonough and Malcah Zeldis

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First Second

Little Vampire

Living in a house filled with grown-up ghouls and monsters, Little Vampire is so lonely that he’s even willing to go to school if that’s what it takes to find...

Joann Sfar Joann Sfar

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Roaring Brook Press

Four Sides, Eight Nights

A New Spin on Hanukkah

Four sides of a toy, eight nights of celebration, forty-four candles burning in honor of an ancient miracle, two-thousand-one-hundred-seventy-some years of...

"...Four sides of a toy, eight nights of celebration, forty-four candles burning in honor of an ancient miracle, two-thousand-one-hundred-seventy-some years of.... Four sides of a toy, eight nights of celebration, forty-four candles burning in honor of an ancient miracle, two-thousand-one-hundred-seventy-some years of Hanukkah -- everything you ever wanted to know about the Hanukkah holiday, centered of the children's game of dreidel (a spinning top). Jokes, history, customs, trivia, science facts ..."

By Rebecca Tova Ben-Zvi and Susanna Natti

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Penina Levine Is a Potato Pancake

FRESH, FEISTY, FUNNY. In this Hanukkah story, Penina fi nds that a glass of cold milk and a hot potato pancake go a long way. Penina Levine is the only...

"...FRESH, FEISTY, FUNNY. In this Hanukkah story, Penina fi nds that a glass of cold milk and a hot potato pancake go a long way. Penina Levine is the only.... FRESH, FEISTY, FUNNY. In this Hanukkah story, Penina fi nds that a glass of cold milk and a hot potato pancake go a long way. Penina Levine is the only member of her family who isn’t looking forward to Hanukkah. Not only is it another chance for her annoying sister to steal the spotlight, but her favorite teacher is taking a mysterious leave..."

By Rebecca O'Connell and Majella Lue Sue

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On a summer day in 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis. Until the day they arrested her, more than two years later, she kept a...

"...On a summer day in 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis. Until the day they arrested her, more than two years later, she kept a.... On a summer day in 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis. Until the day they arrested her, more than two years later, she kept a diary. ANNE FRANK is the indispensible visual guide to her tragic, but inspiring story. Produced in association with The Anne Frank House and filled with never-before-published snapshot..."

By Menno Metselaar, Ruud van der Rol and Arnold J. Pomerans

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