Books by Ruth Yaffe Radin

ESCAPE TO THE FOREST by Ruth Yaffe Radin
Released: March 31, 2000

PLB 0-06-028521-4 From Radin (All Joseph Wanted, 1991), a short, accessible novel that could serve as a introduction to the realities of the Holocaust. Sarah, a young Jewish girl, lives in eastern Poland, where the Russians have taken control of her town and imposed harsh restrictions. The family must celebrate Hanukkah in secret; Lili, a girl from western Poland whom the family shelters, is arrested. Eventually Lili is released, but when the Germans attack they force the family into a small ghetto. Jews are being murdered in the streets, and Sarah's brother, David, knows that a family, the Bielskis, have escaped into the forest. Sarah's mother, believing that life in the forest would be worse, refuses to leave the ghetto even after the family survives a selection by the Germans. When ordered onto a train that will take them to Treblinka, her father tells Sarah to leave; she must find the Bielskis in the forest in order to survive. The fact that this is a true story lends the narrative further immediacy and suspense. Compelling reading for the young. (b&w illustrations) (Fiction. 8-10) Read full book review >
ALL JOSEPH WANTED by Ruth Yaffe Radin
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

The fact that sixth-grader Joseph's mother can't read is not just an inconvenience to her—it makes it almost impossible for her to get a job, since she can't fill out forms or negotiate public transportation. Meanwhile, Dad works two night jobs to make ends meet, and Mom depends on Joseph for everything from reading letters from school to, finally, teaching her to read- -which he tries dutifully to do, even though he doesn't know the best way to begin and the task seems to monopolize all his time. Discovering a literacy program at the library and persuading Mom to go helps the whole family: While Mom acquires self-respect, new friends, and the skills she needs, Joseph is freed from adult responsibilities and reclaims time for his own friends and school work. Simply told, without great literary skill but with well- organized details that are touching in their authenticity. A fine, realistic early chapter book that would also be appropriate for readers in an adult literacy class. Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-12) Read full book review >

In a brief, poetic text by the author of A Winter Place, the narrator—beginning each sentence with "High in the mountains near Grandpa's house"—celebrates Grandpa's lovely, wild surroundings in what might be the Appalachians, plus an overnight trip still higher, where the family can watch a brilliant sunrise. Young brings the brief, poetic descriptions to glowing life in a splendid series of double-spread illustrations framed by broad, deep-blue lines. His pastels glow with rich color applied in broad, impressionistic patterns evoking morning mist, meadow flowers, and the wonderful light of crescent moon, dappled water, a glorious sunset, a dying campfire. Though this is most like In the Night, Still Dark (p. 763/C-125), Young is always interesting and never repeats himself, these lovely scenes are among his best work. Read full book review >