Grades 9 – 12

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.

Key: 

Orange=Teen Fiction area,

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

 

Heiligman, Deborah. Intentions. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.

After fifteen-year-old Rachel overhears her rabbi having an affair, she must come to terms with the fact that adults make mistakes, too–and that she is old enough to be held responsible for her own mistakes. Winner of 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Teen Readers.

 

Sharenow, Rob. The Berlin Boxing Club. New York: HarperTeen, 2011.

In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust. Winner of the 2011 Sydney Taylor Award for Teens.

 

Wein, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity. New York: Hyperion, 2012.

The story begins in 1943 with the writings of “Verity,” a female, British prisoner in the Ormaie, France Gestapo Headquarters. She is a Special Operations Executive, a spy, for the British. She was captured when the plane she was in, flown by her best friend Maddie Brodatt a young Jewish Scottish woman, was shot down in France. Between episodes of tortured inquisitions, Verities writes a confession of her activities with the Resistance which tells the story of her friendship with Maddie Brodatt.

 

Werlin, Nancy. Extraordinary. NY: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2010.

Phoebe, a member of the wealthy Rothschild family, befriends Mallory, an awkward new girl in school, and the two become as close as sisters. Phoebe does not know that Mallory is a fairy, sent to the human world to trap the ordinary human girl into fulfilling a promise made by her ancestor Mayer Rothschild to the queen of the fairies in order to save Phoebe from being persecuted for being Jewish.

 

Zenatti, Valerie. A Bottle in the Gaza Sea. New York: Bloomsbury, 2008.

Seeking peace between Israel and Palestine, seventeen year-old Tal Levine writes a letter, places it into a bottle, and gives it to her brother, asking him to toss it into the Gaza Sea. A young Palestinian man in Gaza finds the bottle. The two start an email correspondence where they discover a lot about each other. In 2012, an Israeli film was made based on the book.

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