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Children's Fiction Prejudice & Racism

The Book of Elsie

by (author) Joanne Levy

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Category
Prejudice & Racism, LGBT, Jewish, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459834248
    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
    $10.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459834262
    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
    $8.99

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Description

Elsie Rose-Miller loves celebrating the Purim holiday and can't wait for the annual costume party at her local synagogue.

Elsie plans to dress up as the fierce and smart Queen Esther, who saved all the Jewish people. But when financial hardship and a terrible incident of hate-inspired vandalism threaten not only the party but the synagogue too, Elsie, like Queen Esther, takes action to bring her entire community—Jewish and non-Jewish alike—together.

About the author

Joanne Levy is the author of a number of books for young people, including Double Trouble in the Orca Currents line and the middle-grade novels Crushing It and the Red Maple Award-nominated Small Medium at Large. She lives in Clinton, Ontario.

 

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Editorial Reviews

“Allows readers to find the space to ask questions and have conversations about racism and antisemitism in society. Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Strong first-person narration thoughtfully explores experiences of antisemitism and prejudice…Levy presents a realistic, gutsy, problemsolving youth navigating difficult situations with the love and support of community, friends, and family.”

Booklist

“Both Jew­ish and non-Jew­ish read­ers will be inspired by Elsie’s brav­ery while learn­ing about Jew­ish hol­i­days and com­mu­ni­ty sup­port. This book would make a per­fect gift for a young Jew­ish [reader].”

Jewish Book Council

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