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Jewish History for Children

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Dimont, Max I. Amazing Adventures of the Jewish People. Reading level: Young Adult. Behrman House; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 0-874413-91-5.
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Ganz, Yaffa. The Jewish Fact-Finder: A Bookful of Important Jewish Facts and Handy Information. Philipp Feldheim; 1988. Paperback. ISBN 0-873064-70-4.
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Harlow, Jules. Lessons from Our Living Past. Behrman House; 1972. Paperback. ISBN 0-874410-85-1.
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Mack, Stan. The Story of the Jews: A 4,000 Year Adventure. Random House; 1999. Paperback. ISBN 0-375753-36-2.
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Patterson, Jose; Bushe, Claire (Illustrator); Ripley, Edward (Illustrator). Angels, Prophets, Rabbis & Kings from the Stories of the Jewish People. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Peter Bedrick Books; 1991. Library binding. ISBN 0-872269-12-4.
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Scharfstein, Sol; Gelabert, Dorcas. Understanding Jewish History. Ktav Publishing House; 1996. Volume I. Paperback. ISBN 0-881255-45-9.
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Sol Scharfstein. Understanding Jewish History: From Renaissance to the 21st Century. Ktav Publishing House; 1997. Volume II. Paperback. ISBN 0-881255-60-2.
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Taitz, Emily; Henry, Sondra (Contributor). Remarkable Jewish Women: Rebels, Rabbis, and Other Women from Biblical Times to the Present. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Jewish Publication Society; 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827605-73-0.
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Other Biblical Historical Events

Miklowitz, Gloria D. Masada: The Last Fortress. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-802851-65-7.
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Whiteman, Amram. Bar Kochba. Bloch Pub Co; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 0-819704-99-7.
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Middle-Ages and Renaissance

Greene, Jacqueline D. Out of Many Waters. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Walker & Co; 1993. Paperback. ISBN 0-802774-01-6. [Kidnapped from their parents during the Portuguese Inquisition and sent to work as slaves at a monastery in Brazil, two Jewish sisters attempt to make their way back to Europe to find their parents]
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Kranzler, Gershon. The Broken Bracelet: A Historical Novel. Merkos Linyonei Chinuch; 1986. Hardcover. ISBN 0-826603-67-X. [To escape the persecution of the Inquisition, the four members of Rabbi Zacuto's family leave Lisbon for Constantinople but become separated on the way and are only reunited after many years of harrowing adventures.]
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Melnikoff, Pamela; Schwarz, Hans (Illustrator). The Star and the Sword. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Jewish Publication Society; 1994. Paperback. ISBN 0-827605-28-5. [Crusades]
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Melnikoff, Pamela. Plots and Players. Reading level: Young Adult. Jewish Publication Society; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 0-827605-76-5. [Three Jewish children try to save Queen Elizabeth's Jewish physician when he's falsely accused of spying for Spain.]
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Siegel, Deborah Spector. The Cross by Day, Mezuzzah by Night. Reading level: Young Adult. Jewish Publication Society; 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827605-97-8.
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European History

Bush, Lawrence; Vorspan, Albert (Commentary); Lemelman, Martin (Illustrator). Rooftop Secrets and Other Stories of Anti-Semitism. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Union of American Hebrew Congregations; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-807403-14-8.
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Hautzig, Esther; Podevin, Jean-Francois (Illustrator). The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia Reading level: Young Adult. HarperTrophy; 1995. Paperback. ISBN 0-064405-77-X.
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Herman, Charlotte; Avishai, Susan (Illustrator). The House on Walenska Street. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Unknown; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-141301-29-5.
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Matas, Carol. Sworn Enemies. Reading level: Young Adult. Laurel Leaf; 1994. Mass market paperback. ISBN 0-440219-00-0.
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Schur, Maxine Rose. The Circlemaker. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Puffin; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 0-140379-97-5.
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The Immigrant Experience

Bierman, Carol; McGaw, Laurie (Illustrator); Hehner, Barbara. Journey to Ellis Island. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Hyperion Press; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-786803-77-0.
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Bresnick-Perry, Roslyn; Reisberg, Mira (Illustrator). Leaving for America. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Childrens Book Pr; 1992. School binding. ISBN 0-892391-05-7.
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Harvey, Brett; Ray, Deborah K. (Illustrator). Immigrant Girl: Becky of Eldridge Street. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Unknown; 1987. Hardcover. ISBN 0-823406-38-5.
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Heller, Linda. The Castle on Hester Street. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Paperback 1st Ed. Jewish Publication Society; 1990. edition. ISBN 0-827603-23-1.
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Hest, Amy; Lynch P. J. (Illustrator). When Jessie Came Across the Sea. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Candlewick Pr; 1997. School binding. ISBN 0-763600-94-6.
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Lasky, Kathryn. Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl (Dear America). Reading level: Ages 9-12. Scholastic Trade; 1998. School binding. ISBN 0-590029-73-8.
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Levine, Arthur A.; Ransome, James E. (Illustrator). All the Lights in the Night. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Mulberry Books; 1997. Paperback. ISBN 0-688155-92-8.
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Michelson, Richard; Moser, Barry (Illustrator). Grandpa's Gamble. Reading level: All Ages. Marshall Cavendish Corp/Ccb; 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 0-761450-34-3.
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Rael, Elsa Okon; Priceman, Marjorie (Illustrator). What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Aladdin Paperbacks; 2000. Paperback. ISBN 0-689835-35-3.
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Rosenblum, Richard; Rosenbloom, Roger (Illustrator). The Old Synagogue. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Jewish Publication Society; 1989. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827603-22-3.
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Rosenblum, Richard. Journey to the Golden Land. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Jewish Publication Society; 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827604-05-X.
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Tarbescu, Edith; Dabcovich, Lydia (Illustrator). Annushka's Voyage. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Clarion Books; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-395643-66-X. [This is the story of two young Jewish girls who emigrate from Russia to Ellis Island around the turn of the century.]
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Wells, Rosemary; Andreasen, Dan (Illustrator); Antin, Mary. Streets of Gold. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Dial Books for Young Readers; 1999. School binding. ISBN 0-803721-49-8.
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Woodruff, Elvira; Dooling, Michael (Illustrator). The Memory Coat. Reading level: Ages 4-8. Scholastic Trade; 1999. School binding. ISBN 0-590677-17-9.
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American Jewish History

Brody, Seymour; Seiden, Art (Illustrator). Jewish Heroes & Heroines of America: 150 True Stories of American Jewish Heroism. Lifetime Books; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 0-811908-23-2.
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Brooks, Philip; Friedman, Mark (Editor). Extraordinary Jewish Americans (Extraordinary People). Reading level: Young Adult. Children's Press; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-516263-50-1.
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Fisher, Leonard Everett. To Bigotry No Sanction: The Story of the Oldest Synagogue in America. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Holiday House; 1999. School binding. ISBN 0-823414-01-9.
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Leiman, Sondra; Sarna, Jonathan D. (Editor). America: The Jewish Experience. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Union of American Hebrew Congregations; 1994. Paperback. ISBN 0-807405-00-0.
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Adler, David A.; Eichenbaum, Rose (Photographer). The Number on My Grandfather's Arm. Reading level: Baby-Preschool. Union of American Hebrew Congregations; 1987. Hardcover. ISBN 0-807403-28-8.
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Altshuler, David A.; Dawidowicz, Lucy S. (ed). Hitler's War Against the Jews : A Young Reader's Version of the War Against the Jews, 1933-1945, by Lucy S. Dawidowicz. Middle-school readers. Behrman House; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 0-874412-22-6.
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Auerbacher, Inge; Bernbaum, Israel (Illustrator). I Am a Star: Child of the Holocaust (A Puffin Book). Reading level: Ages 9-12. Puffin; 1993. Paperback. Reissue edition. ISBN 0-140364-01-3.
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Bachrach, Susan D. Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust. Reading level: Young Adult. Little Brown & Co (Juv Pap); 1994. Paperback. ISBN 0-316074-84-5.
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Drucker, Malka. Jacob's Rescue: A Holocaust Story. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Yearling Books; 1994. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-440409-65-9.
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Finkelstein, Norman. Remember Not to Forget. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Econo-Clad Books; 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 0-785714-43-X.
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Frank, Anne. Anne Frank the Diary of a Young Girl. Reading level: Young Adult. Bantam Books; 1993. Paperback. ISBN 0-553296-98-1.
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Ginsburg, Marvell; Gershman, Jo (Illustrator); Lemelman, Martin (Illustrator). The Tattooed Torah. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Union of American Hebrew Congregations; 1983. Hardcover. ISBN 0-807402-52-4.
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Holliday, Laurel (ed). Children in the Holocaust and World War II: Their Secret Diaries. Reading level: Young Adult. Washington Square Pr; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 0-671520-55-5.
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Kallen, Stuart A. The History of a Hatred (The Holocaust). Reading level: Ages 9-12. Abdo & Daughters; 1994. School and Library Binding. ISBN 1-562393-50-2.
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Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Laureleaf; 1998. Mass Market Paperback. ISBN 0-440227-53-4.
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Meltzer, Milton. Rescue: The Story of How Gentiles Saved Jews in the Holocaust. Reading level: Young Adult. Harpercollins Juvenile Books; 1991. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-064461-17-3.
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Schnur, Steven; Johnson, Stephen T. (Illustrator). The Tie Man's Miracle: A Chanukah Story. Reading level: Ages 4-8. William Morrow & Company; 1995. Hardcover. ISBN 0-688134-63-7.
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Schur, Maxine Rose; Ruff, Donna (Illustrator). Hannah Szenes: A Song of Light. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Jewish Publication Society; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-827606-62-1.
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Taylor, Marilyn. Faraway Home. Reading level: Ages 9-12. O'Brien Pr; 2000. Paperback. ISBN 0-862786-43-6. [A fictional story based closely on fact, Faraway Home tells the poignant story of two Jewish children, Karl & Rosa Muller, who escape from Nazi Vienna on a Kindertransport. With other Jewish refugee children they eventually find a haven in Northern Ireland on a farm, set up for the purpose by the Belfast Jewish Community in a beautiful but remote village at Millisle, County Down. There, in a totally strange land, they attend the village school, begin to learn the language, meet Jewish children from Dublin (neutral in the war) and a local evacuee, and, gradually, despite homesickness and fear about the war and the fate of their families left behind under the Nazis, they gradually learn to make a new life. The story ends on a note of hope.]
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Van Der Rol, Ruud; Verhoeven, Rian. Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary: A Photographic Remembrance. Reading level: Young Adult. Puffin; 1995. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-140369-26-0.
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Volavkova, Hana (Editor). I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children's Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp 1942-1944. Schocken Books; 1994. Paperback. Revised edition. ISBN 0-805210-15-6.
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Yolen, Jane. The Devil's Arithmetic. Reading level: Ages 9-12. Puffin; 1990. Paperback. ISBN 0-140345-35-3.
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