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pre jud ice . A lso d iscusses new imm igrants , sex ism and
homophobia, and how to fight prejudice. Notes. Index.
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The big lie: a true story.
Illus. by Judy Pedersen. Scholastic, 1992. 79 p. (10-12)
Leitner describes their traumatic deportation from Hungary, in­
carceration in Auschwitz and a death march from which she and
two o f her sisters escaped; not so her mother and two sisters. The
inescapable horrors o f Auschwitz are neither spared nor sensation­
alized. The reading level is from eight years, but the presentation
o f the subject matter had better wait until ten.
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I f your name was changed at Ellis Island.
Illus. by Wayne
Parmenter. Scholastic Hardcover, 1993. 80 p. (8-12)
Written in a clear style, packed with information and lively case
histories, this is one o f the best o f books for younger readers about
Ellis Island. Includes what immigrants left behind and why they
came. Organized for easy school report use. Fine impressionistic
illustrations.
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Boys here
girls there.
Illus. by Karen Ritz. Lodestar,
1992. 101 p. (7-10)
This simply written sequel to
DinnieAbbieSister-r-r!
(Bradbury,
1987), shows a courageous Jewish family going through a difficult
time. In a series o f vignettes, Papa loses his business and Mama
goes to work until the new baby is born, Jennie cannot attend
Hebrew School as her brothers do, and will not participate in the
class’s Christmas activity.
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Annie's promise.
Atheneum, 1993. 186 p. (10-14)
Annie is bright and eager to try new things, but she is stifled
by her refugee parents. She gets her change when she goes to
sleep-away camp as a scholarship student, where she shines, but
also confronts an anti-Semitic camp bully and loss o f her first love
to an older girl.
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Daniel’s story.
Scholastic, 1993. 136 p. (10-14)
Through the author’s skill in using the tools o f literature —
narrative, characterization, and dialogue — Matas succeeds in
bringing to life Daniel’s family and the children in photographs
at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibits.
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Sworn enemies.
Bantam Books for Young Readers,
1993. 132 p. (10-14)
A tale set in the Russia o f Tzar Nicholas I is told alternatively
by Zev, an odious Jewish Khapper (a Jew who captures young
boys for conscription to the Russian army), and Aaron, a brilliant
scholar engaged to the beauteous Miriam. Zev, out o f jealousy,
illegally gets Aaron conscripted, but then is, himself, conscripted.