Books by Rona Arato

Released: March 15, 2013

Arato fictionalizes the painful, true story of brothers Paul and Oscar Auslander, 5 and 10 respectively, along with their mother, Lenke—Hungarian Jews who survived Nazi concentration camps during the final years of World War II.

The story follows the family as they are forced to move repeatedly, ending up at the horrifying Bergen-Belsen camp. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Overall, the stories are engaging and inspiring, from the tribulations that came upon Emancipation to the strange new world opened to Chinese workers recruited for the Transcontinental Railroad to the pure brilliance of a school for the blind. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Brief fictional sketches walk readers through 150 years of American history. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

Prefaced by a full-page close-up portrait, each of Arato's nine short tales describes a watershed day in the life of a young person in a different part of the world and a time between the eighth and 14th centuries. Read full book review >

Released: April 13, 2010

The traditional Lower East Side Jewish immigration story is rekindled with the inclusion of a fantastical fire-breathing-yet-friendly dragon and a bunch of lead-hard matzo balls. Read full book review >