by Frances Brent

Marrying to Rescue

Teens in Mandate Palestine

Several years ago, when my daughter was in middle school and Israel was very much in the news, I was struck by the dearth of young adult fiction that might help her understand its complexities. Thankfully the Israeli author Nava Semel has made solid contributions in this category with Flying Lessons, Becoming Gershona, and And the Rat Laughed. Her latest novel, Paper Bride (Hybrid Publishers, $25), joins the list of books imaginatively presenting Israel’s early history and background to young readers.

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