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The End of the Line

The End of the Line

by Sharon E. McKay
edition:eBook
tagged : holocaust

Ordinary citizens risk everything to save a young Jewish girl in wartime Holland.

Five-year-old Beatrix looks on in horror as the soldier forces her mother off the tram. It is 1942 in Amsterdam, and everyone knows what happens to Jews who are taken away by the Nazis. The soldier turns his attention to Beatrix, when suddenly, the ticket-taker, Lars Gorter, blurts out that she is his niece. With his brother Hans, the tram conductor, they manage to rescue the child from the same fate as her mother.

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Playing With Matches

Playing With Matches

by Suri Rosen
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged : love & romance

When 16-year-old Raina Resnick is expelled from her Manhattan private school, she’s sent to live with her strict aunt — but Raina feels like she’s persona non grata no matter where she goes. Her sister, Leah, blames her for her broken engagement, and she’s a social pariah at her new school. In the tight-knit Jewish community, Raina finds she is good at one thing: matchmaking! As the anonymous “Match- Maven,” Raina sets up hopeless singles desperate to find the One. A cross between Ja …

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Razia's Ray of Hope

Razia's Ray of Hope

One Girl's Dream of an Education
by Liz Suneby, illustrated by Suana Verelst
edition:Hardcover
tagged : school & education, middle east, girls & women

Razia is excited when her grandfather tells her there's a school for girls being built in their Afghan village. At last, girls will have the same opportunity to be educated as boys. “Every night I fell asleep dreaming about going to school like my brothers,” she says. Her grandfather wants Razia to enroll in the school. He remembers a time, before the wars and the Taliban, when educated women in Afghanistan became doctors, government workers and journalists, and how this made families and th …

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Zoe's Extraordinary Holiday Adventures

Zoe's Extraordinary Holiday Adventures

by Christina Minaki
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : special needs

Zoe is in a wheelchair and it bugs her that some kids think she’s not smart because her body doesn’t always do what she wants. Then, Zoe learns about the diverse cultures of her friends at school, and realizes she’s not the only different one.

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Aziz the Storyteller

Aziz the Storyteller

by Vi Hughes, illustrated by Stefan Czernecki
edition:Hardcover
tagged :

In this enchanting tale set in the Middle East, all the stories are woven into a magic carpet waiting to be told. When young Aziz learns that he is to become the new storyteller, he is forced to make a decision that will change his life forever.

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The Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts

The Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts

A Literary Cookbook
by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin, with Heidi E. Y. Stemple
edition:Hardcover
tagged : cooking & food, jewish

Following in the kitchen footsteps of their earlier Fairy Tale Feasts for young readers and eaters, authors Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple, offer Jewish folktales that concern food and accompanying Jewish recipes to try while reading the tales. Plus there are sidebar notes about the stories and the dishes. Yolen is the storyteller, Stemple the chef, but as mother and daughter, they enjoy and share both the food and the tales. As will readers whatever their ages.

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If You Live Like Me

If You Live Like Me

by Lori Weber
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : adolescence, new experience

“Weber writes with a light touch and a keen ear for teen dialogue and concerns.” —CM Magazine

 

Before her plane even touches down in Newfoundland, Cheryl is already plotting her escape. She knows life on this rock will be no better than it was in the other places she’s been forced to live ever since her parents launched their cross-Canada tour. The unwilling spectator of her father’s morbid fascination with “dying cultures,” Cheryl has seen more than her fair share of towns so depre …

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Passover

Passover

Festival of Freedom
by Monique Polak
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged : passover, judaism

During Passover, Jews are reminded of how, more than three thousand years ago, their ancestors emerged from slavery to become free men and women. Bestselling author Monique Polak explores her own Jewish roots as she tells the Passover story, which reminds us that the freedom to be who we are and practice our religion, whatever it may be, is a great gift. It also teaches us that if we summon our courage and look out for each other, we can endure and overcome the most challenging circumstances. E …

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