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Joshua: fighter for Bar Kochba.
San Francisco, Akiba
Press, 1979, 172 p., paper.
Through the person of Joshua, a young soldier in Bar Kochba’s
army, a heroic period in Jewish history lives again. T h e influences
of family, Bar-Kochba and R. Akiba are felt by Joshua. Best piece
of historical writing since Howard Fast’s
My Glorious Brothers.
(ages 14 and up)
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The dev il in Vienna.
New York,
D i a l ,
1978. 256 p.
In this ecumenical book, the author has fictionalized her own
past experience. Tw o girls: Inge (Jewish) and L ieselotte (non-
Jewish) remain friends, even though L ieselotte’s father is a fervid
Nazi. Through L ieselotte’s uncle, a priest, falsified backdated
baptismal papers are obtained a llow ing the family to escape.
Exquisitely written and more Jewish than the previous
A touch
of magic,
(ages 12 and up)
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o p p m a n
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Guess who ’s Jewish in Am er i­
can history?
New York, NAL /S ignet , 1978, 322 p., paper.
A miniature Jewish American W ho ’s Who, consisting of im­
portant American Jews grouped under twenty two headings, such
as: politics, business, religion, philanthropy, science, m edicine
and even eccentrics. It calls attention to Jewish contributions
throughout this country’s history and also to the shabby treat­
ment they have often received from fellow Americans along the
way. (ages 12 and up)
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R abb i Simon and his friends.
Illus. with colored
photographs. Boston, R ittner’s Publishers, 1979, 144 p., paper.
Jewish values taught through child-like dialogues between color­
ful muppet look-alikes. Didactic, but attractive, (ages 5-10)
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h a f t e r
The Jewish party book: a con temporary
gu ide to customs, crafts and foods. Illus.
New York, Schocken,
1978, 224 p.
A popular and practical guide to parties celebrating occasions
marking the rites of passage, the holidays and festivals. Includes
information about old traditions and recent innovations in cuisine,
crafts, music and ritual, (ages 10 and up)
c h w a r t z
, S
h e i l a h
Grow ing up guilty.
New York, Pantheon, 1978.
192 p.
In a litany of self-pity relieved by flashes of humor, the un­
comfortable adolescence of a girl growing up in the 30s and 40s
is delineated. Passover is celebrated and ethnicisms abound, (ages
12 and up)