Books by Rona Arato

Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Some scary moments and a juicy slice of history distinguish this credible mystery. (historical note, glossary of Yiddish) (Historical fiction/mystery. 10-12)"
Young people at a Catskills resort band together to head off (so to speak) some ghostly chicanery. Read full book review >
THE LAST TRAIN by Rona Arato
Released: March 15, 2013

"Nevertheless, this is a good introduction to a difficult topic—give it to readers for whom a 'true' survivor's story will carry more weight than a wholly fictional account. (introduction, photographs, author's notes) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
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. 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

"Still, each story is supplemented by a map and a spread of background facts, and overall the collection may pique readers' interest in finding out more about some of these realms and eras. (Informational fiction. 9-11)"
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

"Although everything bad that can happen does, mild humor and the fantasy element introduced by the dragon blunt the edge and keep the story line fresh. (Magical adventure/historical fiction. 8-11)"
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 >