Books by Jacqueline Dembar Greene

SPEAK UP, TOMMY! by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"The story ends on a perfect note of triumph, but it might be a better book if it were a touch less perfect. (English/Hebrew dog commands) (Picture book. 3-8)"
There are no easy victories in life, but no one has told the author. Read full book review >
THE SECRET SHOFAR OF BARCELONA by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Chayka's deep, opaque paintings reflect an upper-class, dark-haired Iberian society juxtaposed with the Judaic rituals of the Rosh Hashanah meal. (introductory, author's notes) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Among Spain's secret Jews—conversos—were well-educated merchants and professionals who worked and lived within the medieval Catholic society yet found ways to clandestinely practice their forbidden, ancient faith. Read full book review >
NATHAN’S HANUKKAH BARGAIN by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Too bad. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With five dollars in quarters in his pocket, Nathan and his grandfather begin a quest to buy a traditional menorah, one with cups to hold oil rather than candles. Read full book review >
ONE FOOT ASHORE by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
FICTION
Released: April 4, 1994

"A mild but pleasant historical novel, replete with just deserts and happy endings. (Fiction. 10- 13)"
 After six years of involuntary servitude in colonial Brazil, Maria Ben Lazar and her younger sister Isobel escape, stowing away aboard different ships. Read full book review >
WHAT HIS FATHER DID by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1992

"O'Brien's pen drawings, which capture the humor and old-world flavor in lively crosshatched detail and softly glowing nighttime colors, are rendered broadly enough to use with a group. (Picture book. 4-10)"
 En route from Minsk to Pinsk, trickster Hershel hasn't enough money for a meal after spending his last kopek for a place to sleep, so he threatens the innkeeper: ``If you will give me nothing to eat, I shall have to do what my father did.'' Terrified, the woman goes to her neighbors, who contribute food. Read full book review >