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Deutsch, Barry. New York: Amulet Books.
• Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword. 2010.
Based on the author’s online comic strip. A graphic novel in which Mirka, is an 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl, but clashes with her stepmother who wants her to do traditional girl activities such as knit. Mirka longs to battle dragons. The story is a mixture of fantasy and a look at the Orthodox culture.
• Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite. 2012,
In this sequel to How Mirka Got Her Sword, Mirka challenges the meteor girl, who is her evil twin, to a three-part contest and the loser will be banished from Hereville forever!
Greene, Jacqueline Dembar. American Girl Collection – Rebecca Rubin. Middleton,
WI: American Girl Pub. Illus. by Robert Hunt. Vignettes by Susan McAliley.
• Meet Rebecca. (2009).
This book introduces the Jewish character Rebecca Rubin, the nine-year-old daughter of Russian immigrants, who lives in NY in 1914. She dreams of becoming an actress, but her family thinks that is improper for a Jewish girl. When Rebecca learns that her cousins in Russia are in great danger and must escape to America, she puts on a show to raise money.
• Rebecca and Ana. 2009.
Rebecca’s cousins from Russia immigrate to the United States and move into their cramped apartment. Rebecca is very protective of her cousin Ana at school as she struggles to learn English. However, trouble begins when the teacher encourages Ana to be in the production. Rebecca fears Ana’s broken English will ruin the play.
• Candlelight for Rebecca. 2009.
Rebecca is troubled when her teacher assigns her class to make Christmas decorations. Her teacher says Christmas is a national holiday for all Americans to celebrate. Yet, Rebecca knows she is as American as anyone else, even without celebrating Christmas.
• Rebecca and the Movies. 2009.
Rebecca worries that her tenth birthday will be ruined because it falls during Pesah. Her birthday is saved, when her mother’s cousin Max, an actor, takes her with him to a movie studio. There, she makes friends with an actress and a set carpenter.
• Rebecca to the Rescue. 2009.
While celebrating her brother’s Bar Mitzvah on Coney Island, nine-year-old Rebecca Rubin disobeys by going off on her own, leaving her cousin Ana, a recent immigrant, alone.
• Changes for Rebecca. 2009.
Rebecca goes to the sweatshop, where Ana’s brother and father work, and is horrified at the terrible conditions. Against her family’s wishes, Rebecca goes to a strike at the sweatshop.
• Secrets at Camp Nokomis: A Rebecca Mystery. 2010.
Rebecca heads to Camp Nokomis, a week-long camp for girls that is subsidized by the City Children’s Society as an effort to get the children out of the illness-infested-city into the pure country air. Instantly, she befriends a petite, quiet girl and confronts a bully.
• A Bundle of Trouble: A Rebecca Mystery. 2011. Written by Kathryn Reiss.
Rebecca begins to suspect that some children she meets in the park are involved in a string of kidnappings in her neighborhood. Relying on her Bubbie’s advice that like Queen Esther, “a lady is bold when she needs to be,” Rebecca helps the police catch the kidnappers. In the story, Rebecca and her family celebrate Sukkot.
• The Crystal Ball. 2012.
When Rebecca’s neighbor Mr. Rossi sprains his wrist, Rebecca takes over the care and feeding of his pigeons. She then discovers a strange black pigeon with an eerie message warning Mr. Rossi of danger. She visits a fortune teller to learn if the warning is true.
McDonough, Yona Zeldis. NY: Viking.
• The Doll Shop Downstairs. 2009.
When World War I breaks out, nine-year-old Anna thinks of a way to save her family’s beloved NY City doll repair shop. Includes brief author’s note about the history of the Madame Alexander doll, a glossary, and timeline.
• The Cats in the Doll Shop. 2011.
With World War I raging in Europe, eleven-year-old Anna is thrilled to learn that her cousin Tania is coming from Russia to stay with Anna’s family on the lower East Side of NY. Although Tania is shy and withdrawn when she arrives, her love of cats helps her adjust to her new family.
Meyerhoff, Jenny. Sami’s Sleepaway Summer. NY: Scholastic, Inc., 2012.
Samantha “Sami” Bloom is going to a Jewish sleep away camp for the first time. She is nervous about being away from home, trying new food, and doing the super-scary ropes course. The rabbi at the camp teaches Sami that camp is special because of the friendships your form.
Nobleman, Marc Tyler. Bill the Boy Wonder: the Secret Co-creator of Batman. Illus. by Ty Templeton. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2012.
The Jewish writer and artist, Bill Finger, helped Bob Kane invent Batman. He dreamed up the Dark Knight’s haunting origins and colorful nemesis. He did this in obscurity and was not recognized as the co-creator until after his death.
Rubin, Susan Goldman. Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America. Illus. by Jeff Himmelman. New York: Abrams Books, 2012.
An illustrated biography that tells the story of Jean Laffite, the Jewish pirate who helped the Americans win the battle of New Orleans against the British in 1815.
Rubin describes Laffite’s Sephardic background and early education as the youngest of eight children growing up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Stampler, Ann Redisch. The Wooden Sword. lIlus. By Carol Liddiment. Chicago: Albert Whitman & Company, 2012.
Impressed by a poor Jewish shoemaker’s belief that God will ensure everything turns out as it should, a shah in Kabul, Afghanistan, devises a series of hardships to test the man’s faith. Winner of 2013 Sydney Taylor Honor Award.