Posts Tagged ‘Jewish History’

Book Review | An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank
by Elaine Marie Alphin

Score: 4

© 2010, Carolrhoda Books. While reading this riveting account of the murder of Mary Phagan, a poor, white, 13-year-old factory worker from Atlanta, Georgia, and the trial of her accused murderer, Leo Frank, a 29-year-old, Jewish man from New York,  I often had to stop and remember that this event actually took place on American [...]

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Book Review | Otto: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear
by Tomi Ungerer

Score: 3

illustrated by Tomi Ungerer © 2010, Phaidon Press Limited. Otto is a teddy bear that begins his life as a special birthday gift for David, a young German Jewish boy, becomes a trusted friend of the boy and his best friend, Oskar and a willing participant in their childhood pranks. When Hitler takes over Germany, [...]

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Book Review | Feivel’s Flying Horses
by Heidi Smith Hyde

Score: 4

Illustrated by Johanna van der Sterre © 2010, Kar-Ben Publishing. The author who brought us the delights of Klezmer music in Mendel’s Accordion, now shares a lesser known path from the Jewish immigrant experience, the wooden carousel horse carvers of the 19th century. This beautifully told tale describes the life of Feivel who leaves his [...]

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Book Review | Resistance Book 1
by Carla Jablonski

Score: 3

Art by Leland Purvis Color by Hilary Sycamore © 2010, :01/ First Second. In this exciting and emotionally powerful graphic novel set in France during World War II, three young people get involved in the French Resistance. Paul and his sister, Marie, must shepherd their Jewish friend, Henri, to a safe house in Paris to [...]

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Book Review | Extraordinary
by Nancy Werlin

Score: 3.5

© 2010, Dial. Imagine that in the 18th century Mayer Rothschild, founder of the famous Jewish banking family, found himself lost in the forest and stumbled upon a portal into the Fairie Kingdom. Fascinated by the Fairie society and enamored by their culture, he fell in love with and had an affair with the Fairie [...]

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