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No Vacancy

by Tziporah Cohen
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: jewish, friendship, prejudice & racism

Buying and moving into the run-down Jewel Motor Inn in upstate New York wasn’t eleven-year-old Miriam Brockman’s dream, but at least it’s an adventure. Miriam befriends Kate, whose grandmother owns the diner next door, and finds comfort in the company of Maria, the motel’s housekeeper, and her Uncle Mordy, who comes to help out for the sum …

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One Boy's War

by McDonald, Nancy
edition: eBook
  • age: 7 to 11
  • Grade: 2 to 6
tagged: survival stories, jewish, european

ENGLAND, SUMMER 1940. Following a brush with death on the Irish Sea, ten-year-old Käfer Avigdor unexpectedly finds himself back in London. There, he stumbles upon a sinister Nazi plot, which targets hundreds of people in Britain — including the most powerful man in the country. The one person who might be able to defeat Adolf Hitler. With the Ge …

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Louder Than Words

by Kathy Kacer
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: holocaust, jewish, alternative family

Heroic actions speak volumes in a powerful middle grade novel based on real WWII events.

Life is becoming ever more terrifying for the Jewish community as the Second World War envelops their lives. For twelve-year-old Dina and her sisters, things get even harder when their father dies. Their mother must go back to work and despite many objections, t …

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What Did I Do Today? (with Audio CD)

A Day of Song and Prayer

by Dawud Wharnsby & Zain Bhika
edition: Mixed media
  • age: 5 to 11
  • Grade: k to 6
tagged: muslim

"Oh, the moon has come, the day is done,
the night has covered up the sun,
I have stood so often before you to pray,
but I wonder Allah, tell me, what did I do today?"

Dawud Wharnsby returns with his friend and partner in rhyme, Zain Bhika, to brighten up your day with more playful songs of praise.

Taking listeners from dusk till dawn, or Fajr to Ish …

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I Love Matzah

by Freidele Galya Soban Biniashvili, illustrated by Angelika Scudamore
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 1 to 4
  • Grade: p
tagged: passover, jewish, cooking & food

How many times a day and how many ways can one eat matzah, the quintessential Passover cracker? For a kid, it’s all day, every day and in many ways!

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Mr. Tempkin Climbs a Tree

by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Carles Arbat
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: jewish, religion & faith, values & virtues

School's out, and Marky looks forward to summer, including helping his friend and neighbor, Mr. Tempkin, with his garden. But when Mr. Tempkin's plan to thwart the squirrels that have been raiding his birdfeeder goes awry, Marky learns how special a friendship can be.

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Room for One More

by Monique Polak
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: jewish, military & wars, post-confederation (1867-)

For twelve-year-old Rosetta Wolfson, the war in Europe seems very far off from her home in Canada. Then Mr. Schwartzberg comes to tea and asks Rosetta's parents if they will take in a young war refugee. Isaac joins the family and becomes a ready-made brother to Rosetta and her two sisters.

Isaac's arrival brings change. Her best friend's handsome br …

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