“Mendel’s Hanukkah Mess Up,” by Chana and Larry Stiefel, illustrated by Daphna Awadish, published by Kalaniot Books
Perfect for Chanukah and any time of the year, this humorous, fun, and thoughtful picture book examines the mistakes any of us could make and how we can find the positive in those mess-ups. The whimsical, bright illustrations reflect the oy and the joy. No doubt, this clever and special book will become a favorite.
“The British Escape – A You Chose Interactive Novel,” by Leah Sokol, published by Judaica Press
Middle grade students will be captivated by this World War II adventure story with over 100 paths to take. Inspired by a true story, readers will learn and help decide the fates of several Jewish children who had left Nazi territories and traveled to London, and then England’s countryside. Well researched, informative, and filled with choices that can have life-changing consequences, this will keep the attention of all levels of readers. Highly recommend.
“The Ghosts of Rose Hill,” by R.M. Romero, published by Peachtree Teen
When Ilana Lopez’s parents force her to spend the summer with her aunt in Prague, things don’t go as planned. Instead of focusing on her SAT prep, Ilana is drawn to an overgrown Jewish cemetery, which she works hard to restore. Among the graves, she meets a ghost. As she travels around the city, she encounters a shadowless man who tempts her with a violin, her true passion, which she had to leave at home. Playing the man’s violin leads to consequences she could never have imagined. As Ilana meets more ghosts, she’s determined to free their souls, trapped by the shadowless man. This beautifully written, fast-paced haunting free verse poetry novel is engaging and impossible to put down.
Educator and author Liza Wiemer, of Fox Point, has taught in nine of our Milwaukee-area Jewish religious schools and day schools. Her latest novel,“The Assignment,” is appropriate for ages 12 and up.