Everything Esme

Esme Raji Codell is an author and certified readiologist. I first learned about Esme, a young urban teacher with big dreams in her acclaimed memoir, EDUCATING ESME. Years later, I began reading her children’s books, and was delighted when an advance reader copy of VIVE LE PARIS arrived in my mailbox for review. I was immediately pulled into the story,…

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Maxine Rose Schur

Maxine Rose Shur is a multi-faceted, award-winning author. Many of her books for children bring to life many unexplored aspects of Jewish history. She is also the author of SAMANTHA’S SURPRISE, from the popular AMERICAN GIRL series. Maxine’s impressive list includes two Sydney Taylor Book Awards for DAY OF DELIGHT (1994, Dial books, Penguin) and WHEN I LEFT MY VILLAGE…

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Melissa Schorr – Goy Crazy

Melissa Schorr began her writing career as a journalist. Her first book is GOY CRAZY (Hyperion,2006) is a thought provoking young adult novel that explores a delicate topic for many families – interfaith dating. In the book, Rachel Lowenstein tests her own beliefs, and the traditions of her family. Teens and adults are falling in love with Rachel in this…

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Confessions of Sarah Darer Littman

I am delighted to welcome Sarah Darer Littman, author of the award winning middle grade novel, CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSET CATHOLIC. When I met Sarah at the Jewish Children’s Literature Conference in Los Angeles, I was already a huge fan. (Note: CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSET CATHOLIC appears in a previous post on my list of favorites.) Sarah is warm, funny,…

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DANGER BOY – Mark Williams

Mark Williams is the author of the DANGER BOY (Candlewick) books, a time-travel series that chronicles the adventures of Eli Sands and his friends. The newest title, DANGER BOY CITY OF RUINS, is set in Ancient Jerusalem. Through Eli’s adventures, readers are taken on an exciting action-packed ride that will thrill kids (and adults) ages 9 and up. Mark is…

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Like a Maccabee Honored by Midwest Book Awards

Like a Maccabee was honored with the 2006 Midwest Independent Publishers Association Merit Award for Children/Young Adult Fiction. I was so delighted to hear the news, and even more thrilled to see the certificate. I wasn’t able to be at the awards ceremony, but I was well representd by my publisher Sheyna Galyan, my editor Leslie Martin, and illustrator Anita…

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Welcoming Michelle Markel

Shana Tova! Happy New Year! In honor of the Jewish New Year, I have been inspired to reach out to our wonderful community of writers and other supporters of Jewish literature for children. Since the publication of Like a Maccabee, I have had the opportunity to meet so many terrific folks, from librarians to writers and editors. I’m excited to…

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Jewish Book Network Event in New York

On May 30th I had the opportunity to attend the children’s authors lunch sponsored by the Jewish Book Council’s Jewish Book Network. Several months ago, I was delighted to receive an e-mail from Lisa Silverman, who until recently was the children’s editor at Jewish Book World magazine. Lisa invited me to be part of the Jewish Book Network Tour. I…

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