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message 1: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (SheilaBaslaw) | 2 comments As an aspiring writer of Jewish historical fiction, I am interested to know if anyone on the panel can recommend books in the Jewish historical fiction genre, for ages 8-10?


message 2: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 5 comments Mod
Sheila wrote: "As an aspiring writer of Jewish historical fiction, I am interested to know if anyone on the panel can recommend books in the Jewish historical fiction genre, for ages 8-10?"

Hi, Sheila. Yes, I can recommend The Doll Shop Downstairs by Yona Zeldis McDonough and its sequel, The Cats in the Doll Shop. For maybe 10-12, Your Friend in Fashion by Amy Axelrod, Looking at Me (in verse) by Betsy Rosenthal,


message 3: by Librarylady90 (new)

Librarylady90 | 2 comments Friends Forever by Amy Ariel is a historical novel set in St. Paul Minnesota that would fit this age group. Also My Guardian Angel by Sylvie Weil is another very different choice.

As a librarian for a K to 5 Jewish Day school, I am always on the look out for such books. I can probably post more titles when I am next at work.


message 4: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 5 comments Mod
Librarylady90 wrote: "Friends Forever by Amy Ariel is a historical novel set in St. Paul Minnesota that would fit this age group. Also My Guardian Angel by Sylvie Weil is another very different choice.

As a librarian ..."


That'd be great, thanks!


message 5: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (SheilaBaslaw) | 2 comments Thank you Barabra and Librarylady90 for your recommendations.
I will follow up on these.

Sheila


message 6: by Librarylady90 (new)

Librarylady90 | 2 comments Okay, now that I am back at work, here are some other titles you might find useful for this age group:
Gail Carson Levine, "Dave at Night"
Beatrice Gormley, "Miriam"
Carol Matas, the "Rosie" series
Pamela Melnikoff, "The Star and the Sword"
Teri Kanefield, "Rivka's Way"
Karen Hesse, "Letters from Rifka"

I focused on choosing titles that are not primarily about the holocaust, but were Jewish in theme and historical fiction.

Hope that helps!


message 7: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 5 comments Mod
I wasn't crazy about Dave at Night, but Letters from Rivka is a true classic.


message 8: by Becky (new)

Becky Schastey | 1 comments The Tattered Prayer Book by Ellen Bari is for 6-10. It was just released in April and has won a Mom's Choice Award.


message 9: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 5 comments Mod
I very much liked The Tattered Prayer Book!


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