Search Results: "Rebecca Tova Ben-Zvi"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Great for families to share and read aloud. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
A group of six children introduces Hanukkah by each stating his or her favorite part or activity for the celebration. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"An important piece of public history."
A collection of short folktales collected from Jews who immigrated to Israel. Read full book review >

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THE JEWISH WAR by Tova Reich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 1995

"An effectively unsettling mix of the satiric and tragic (and conceivably prophetic): Reich has lost none of her bite and insight, and may well have gained a new summit in her literary achievements."
The earthy yet transcendent wit of Reich's previous efforts (Master of the Return, 1988; Mara, 1978) takes a grim, decidedly unfunny twist in this story of zealots and conflict in the heart of Israel. Read full book review >

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VISIBLE CITY by Tova Mirvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"This dark, witty, if slightly overstructured comedy about deceptive appearances evolves into a moving examination of intimacy's limitations."
Anyone who has spent time in Manhattan or watched Hitchcock's Rear Window will recognize the voyeuristic pleasure that jump-starts Mirvis' (The Outside World, 2004, etc.) third novel, as a bored young mother stands at her apartment window watching across-the-street neighbors in their living room, unaware that the two families' lives will soon intertwine. Read full book review >

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THE LADIES' AUXILIARY by Tova Mirvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"An impressive debut, up there on that high middle ground the Victorians made their own."
A debut that details, with wisdom and grace, the inevitable tensions between the comfort of community and the need for individual freedom, as a young widow and convert moves into a close-knit Orthodox Jewish neighborhood and becomes an unwitting catalyst for change. Read full book review >

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Released: July 15, 2011

"For those who learn best through narrative and a certain amount of historical context, Schreiber's tale will be an excellent introduction to the basics of Western physics."
Debut novelist Schreiber uses the conceit of a naive protagonist and time travel to teach the history of Western physics in this "edu-novel." Read full book review >

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THE OUTSIDE WORLD by Tova Mirvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2004

"Joyously sweet-natured second outing by Mirvis (The Ladies' Auxiliary, 1999)—and also pointedly insightful about just how complicated it is to lead a religious life."
A novel of Jewish manners makes gefilte fish of any stereotypes readers may have about Orthodox Jews. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY by Ben Clanton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"The slowly dawning message will elicit excitement about spring, wishing, and the ability to decode a narrative. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Bored with the familiar, this young daydreamer imagines how life could be different. Read full book review >

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JULIA'S HOUSE FOR LOST CREATURES by Ben Hatke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Readers will want to move right in. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When a little girl opens her house to "lost creatures," chaos reigns until she sets rules for harmonious coexistence. Read full book review >

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WHO FLUNG DUNG? by Ben Redlich
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A heaping flop, even for children who fall on this sort of humor and devour it with relish. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Redlich dumps off a single-joke solo debut in which the simian victim of a fecal prank goes around repeating the titular enquiry over and over. And over. Read full book review >

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ZITA THE SPACEGIRL by Ben Hatke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Be prepared to blast off; this debut is truly out of this world. (Graphic science fiction. 9-12)"
A headstrong young girl makes a hasty decision and finds herself in a galaxy far, far away in this graphic-novel shining star. Read full book review >

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THAT PESKY TOASTER! by Ben Hillman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1995

"A minor understanding of astrophysics is required, but for readers in the know, the book pays back in spades. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Goldie's toaster may look like a cross between an Electrolux and a bull terrier, but there's a whole lot more than heat in those coils. Read full book review >