Children & Teens Books of the Week

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All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah Cover Image
By Emily Jenkins, Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399554193
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 11th, 2018

It’s the first night of Hanukkah in 1912, and New York’s Lower East Side is getting ready to celebrate. As snow falls outside, four-year-old Gertie watches her sisters make latkes in their cozy apartment. She’s excited to join in, but every time she tries to help, her mother says she’s too young. When Gertie shouts and stomps in frustration, her mother sends her to the cold, lonely bedroom. But the family comes together again when the festivities begin, and Papa gives Gertie the most important task of all. Emily Jenkins’ vivid prose--“Two big pans hiss with schmaltz. It smokes, and there are bubbles along the edges”--and Paul O. Zelinsky’s dynamic illustrations will make readers feel like they’re joining the five sisters in their home. Based on Sydney Taylor’s classic series, All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah (Schwartz & Wade, $17.99) is a warm, immersive celebration of tradition and family love. Ages 3-6. Elli Bloomberg

Blast from the Past
All-of-a-Kind Family (All-of-a-Kind Family Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440400592
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Published: Yearling - December 1st, 1984

Whether they’re searching for a lost library book, visiting their father in his shop, or building a sukkah for one of the Jewish High Holy Days, the five sisters in this All-of-a-Kind Family (Yearling, $6.99) approach life with joy and curiosity. Originally published in 1951, the first book in Sydney Taylor’s classic series chronicles the adventures of Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie as they live on the Lower East Side at the turn of the last century. Taylor’s detailed prose draws the reader into the girls’ loving, chaotic New York world, making everyday events like chores and market visits seem magical and new. Ages 8-12. Elli Bloomberg

YA Paperback
The Hired Girl Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763694500
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Published: Candlewick - December 26th, 2017

It's 1911, and at just 14 years of age, Joan Skraggs has finished the last year of schooling that her curmudgeonly father will allow. But she has a thirst for learning that hard labor on the family farm simply will not quench. She demands a better life for herself. Armed with the doll that her late mother made for her and a blank journal from her beloved teacher, Joan sets out for Baltimore to find work in the home of a wealthy city family. She eventually finds a place as The Hired Girl (Candlewick, $10.99) for the Rosenbachs, a kind family who welcomes her and challenges her in equal measure. Written by Laura Amy Schlitz, this novel is a series of journal entries, revealing Joan’s daily life and her secret fears and hopes. Readers will be utterly transported by the hilarity, strength and charm hidden in the pages of one hired girl’s experiences. Ages 13-18. Colette Whitney