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Review of Across So Many Seas

Across So Many Seas by Ruth BeharIntermediate, Middle School    Paulsen/Penguin    272 pp.2/24    9780593323403    $17.99e-book ed.  9780593323410    $10.99This welcome historical novel traces a Sephardic Jewish family whose members travel from one country to another with first-person narrators from four generations and spanning centuries. In 1492, Benvenida and her family leave Toledo,...

Review of Tía Fortuna’s New Home

Tía Fortuna’s New Home by Ruth Behar; illus. by Devon HolzwarthPrimary    Knopf    32 pp.    g1/22    978-0-593-17241-4    $17.99Library ed.  978-0-593-17242-1    $20.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-17243-8    $10.99Estrella’s tía Fortuna must leave her casita in Miami’s Seaway before it is torn down. She is moving into La Casa de los Viejitos, a facility for seniors....

Publishers' Preview: Picture Books and Graphic Novels: Five Questions for Ruth Behar

This interview originally appeared in the November/December 2021 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books and Graphic Novels, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by...

Review of Letters from Cuba

Letters from Cuba by Ruth Behar Intermediate, Middle School    Paulsen/Penguin    272 pp.    g 8/20    978-0-525-51647-7    $17.99 In 1938, eleven-year-old Jewish girl Esther is the first of her siblings to emigrate from Poland to Cuba, joining her father, who went three years earlier. Her letters to her sister, kept in a...

Yiddish Book Center: "Geographies of the Soul" with Marjorie Agosín and Ruth Behar

Last night the Yiddish Book Center hosted a (virtual) conversation with writers Marjorie Agosín and Ruth Behar titled "Geographies of the Soul." The talk focused on "Memory, Identity, and Storytelling" from the perspectives of these two Jewish Latina YA authors and poets.  Marjorie recalled her childhood in Chile, where "everyone...

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