by Naomi Danis

Life & Death, Orphanages & Escapes, Rescues & Friendship

The stuff all good kids' books are made of

Julius Lester brings us a thrilling Hebrew heroine who midwifes the Jewish people. Ellen Carson Levine draws on fairy tale tradition and her Sephardi father’s childhood in an orphanage. Mirjam Pressler offers a fictionalized diary of a tough young Jewish girl who was removed from her abusive Holocaust survivor mother. Anthropologist-turned-novelist novelist Joan Abelove left Jewish footprints in her first novel, Go and Come Back, in which an anthropologist in her 20s observing jungle village life in Peru reveals that she comes from a culture where people are sad for seven days after a person dies and even tear their clothes. In her new young adult novel, the Jewish content is more overt: keeping kosher and whether a teen should date a non-Jew. Irene Gut Opdyke offers hope by example of her own brave deeds. Also, unusual picture books about circumcision…

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Life & Death, Orphanages & Escapes, Rescues & Friendship

The articles in this special section:

Who Really Rescued Moses?

by Arielle R. Derby

In a Boys’ Orphanage

by Naomi Danis

How You Become a Hero

by Susannah Jaffe

A Diary Like No Other

by Caryn Tamber

Truth in the Time of Illness

by Nonye Gilliard-Sullivan

Circumcision Storybooks

by Arielle R. Derby