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oirs. She writes movingly o f what it means to be an immigrant
and how ordinary incidents can trigger traumatic memories. An
easily read title.
S
h a l a n t
, P
h y l l i s
.
Shalom, Geneva peace.
Dutton, 1992. 192 p. (12-15)
Intrigue in the synagogue youth group! 13-year-old Andi
Appelbaum is new to her school; her best friend from her old
neighborhood has found a new buddy, and the girls in her new
school are cliquish. But, it all turns around in her post bat-mitzvah
class and youth group. Quite a bit o f depth and Jewish values
in a good read.
S
h e r m a n
, J
o s e p h a
.
Rachel the clever and other Jewish folktales.
Illus. Au­
gust House, 1993. 176 p. (8-12)
The Jewish perspective is present in variations o f familiar tales
from the many countries in which Jews live. Included are tales
o f the clever, the pious, the silly, and the supernatural. Simply
written, thus easy for telling aloud.
S
h ie f m a n
, V
ic k
.
Good-Bye to the trees.
Atheneum, 1993. 176
p .
(11-15)
Fiction based on a true story o f a 13-year-old immigrant who
first settles in Boston with cousins and finds work with a wealthy
Jewish family. Finding herself misused, she sets out on her own,
determined to reunite her family in America. A fine story o f a
young girl’s courage and determination.
S
il v e r
, N
o r m a n
.
An eye for color.
Dutton, 192 p. 1993. (12 up)
Autobiographical stories describe what it is like to grow up white,
male, and Jewish in Cape Town, South Africa — about the inability
o f whites to see blacks and colored as people. A sensitive, thought-
provoking book.
S
il v e r m a n
, M
a i d a
.
The glass menorah and other stories for Jewish holidays.
Illus. by Marge Levine. Four Winds, 192. 64 p. (8-10)
Stories about the Berg family and their neighbor, Mr. Yomtov,
who gets them out o f fixes and solves
every one
o f their problems.
Each story is set during a Jewish holiday and involves some aspect
or concept o f the holiday. Glossary.
S
i s k i n d
, L
e d a
.
The hopscotch tree.
Bantam Skylark, 1992. 128 p. (9-11)
Edith Gold is tormented by an anti-Semitic school bully and finds
comfort in a large tree at the edge o f the playground that seems
to respond to her tales o f woe. In an interesting twist, Edith turns
the tables on the bully by drawing on the wisdom o f a Yiddish
proverb.
* T
o l l
, N
elly
S.
Behind the secret window: a memoir of hidden childhood.
Illus. by the author. Dial, 1993. 176 p. (10-14)
Twenty-nine full-color reproductions o f naively eloquent paint­
ings made by the author as an eight-year-old in hiding, during
the tedium o f waiting in a bricked-up bay window. She also de­