Grades 6 – 9

Come visit The Lee and Dolores Hartzmark Library to check these books out.

There are unattended checkout slips for signing out materials if the librarian is not available.

Use the color key to find out where these books are located.


Green=Juvenile Easy area,

Blue=Juvenile Fiction area,

Orange=Teen Fiction area,

Purple=Parenting and Sensitive Issues area,

No Color=We don’t own this book, but if you buy it, read it, and like it, let us know!

Gleitzman, Morris. New York: Henry Holt.

Once. 2010.

After being hidden in a Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents.

Then. 2010.

A sequel to “Once.” In early 1940s Poland, ten-year-old Felix and his friend Zelda escape from a cattle car headed to the Nazi death camps and struggle to survive, first on their own and then with Genia, a farmer with her own reasons for hating Germans.

Now. 2012.

While her physician-parents are working in Africa, eleven-year-old Zelda is living with her grandfather, eighty-year-old Holocaust-survivor Felix Salinger, in Australia, when a disaster leads them both to deal with unresolved feelings about the first Zelda, Felix’s childhood friend.


Hiranandani, Veera. The Whole Story of Half a Girl. New York: Delacorte Press, 2012.

Sonia is an eleven-year-old girl who is half-Jewish and half-Indian. When her father loses his job, she must move from her small private school to a public middle school. She becomes confused about herself and her family when she is forced to explain her multi-cultural identity at her new school. She becomes even more confused about herself and her family when her father is diagnosed with clinical depression. A 2013 Sydney Taylor Notable Book.

Levy, Joanne. Small Medium at Large. New York: Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers, 2012.

After being hit by lightning, twelve-year-old Lilah discovers that she can communicate with dead people, including her grandmother who wants Lilah to find a new wife for Lilah’s divorced father. A 2013 Sydney Taylor Notable Book.

Peacock, Shane. The Boy Sherlock Holmes. Toronto, CA: Tundra.

Eye of the Crow: His First case. 2007.

In 1860s London, thirteen year old Sherlock Holmes is a misfit as a result of his parentage. His mother’s aristocratic family disowned her when she married Sherlock’s father, a poor Jew. Sherlock’s wit helps him survive life on the rough streets of London.

Death in the Air: His Second Case. 2008.

Sherlock investigates the mysterious death of a trapeze artist which he feels was not accidental.

Vanishing Girl: His Third Case. 2009.

Sherlock attempts to solve the mysterious disappearance of a young socialite in Hyde Park. He is haunted by memories of his shattered family and his enemy, Malefactor.

The Secret Fiend: His Fourth Case. 2010.

The week a Jewish man becomes Jewish Prime Minister of the British Empire, Beatrice, the hatter’s daughter, appears at Sherlock Holmes’ door late at night. She is terrified, claiming that she and her friend have just been attacked by the Spring Heeled Jack on Westminster Bridge.

The Dragon Turn: His Fifth Case. 2011.

Sherlock Holmes and Irene Doyle are spectators in the audience of the magician Alistar Hemsworth where the magician produces a real dragon. After the show, Hemsworth is arrested for the murder of his rival magician, but ever-observant Sherlock is not sure that he is guilty.

Becoming Holmes: His Final Case. 2012.

This final installment in the series paves the way for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.” Malefactor, Sherlock’s nemesis who readers discover will be later known as Moriarity, is up to criminal activity that could infiltrate the government.

Rosenbaum, Thane. The Stranger within Sarah Stein. Lubbock, TX: Texas Tech University Press, 2012.

When her parents separate, twelve-year-old Sarah Stein feels split into her mother’s daughter and daddy’s girl, but a disgraced firefighter who lives in a hidden room in the Brooklyn Bridge, and her grandmother’s story of her own past as a hidden child in the Holocaust, help Sarah find her true self.


Sommer, Shelley. Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg /Baseball Pioneer. Honesdale, PA: Calkins Creek, 2011.

A biography that follows Hank Greenberg from his childhood in New York City to his career with the Detroit Tigers and his military service during World War II. Details how he fought anti-Semitism both on and off the field. Features firsthand accounts and archival photographs.


Thor, Annika. NY: Random House.

A Faraway Island., 2009.

Two Jewish girls from Vienna, twelve year-old Stephie Steiner and her eight-year-old sister Nellie, are sent to an island off the coast of Sweden to escape the Nazis. They are assigned to different families. While Nellie becomes accustomed to Swedish life easily, Stephie has a harder time adjusting.

The Lily Pond. 2011.

A sequel to A Faraway Island. Having left Nazi-occupied Vienna a year earlier, thirteen-year-old Jewish refugee Stephie Steiner adapts to life in the cultured Swedish city of Gothenburg, where she attends school, falls in love, and worries about her parents who were not allowed to emigrate.