Best Teen & Young Adult Jewish Fiction Books
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1. Today Tonight Tomorrow
Author: by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Brilliant, hilarious, and oh-so-romantic. BuzzFeed Swoony, steamy. Entertainment Weekly The Hating Game meets Booksmart by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours. Today, she hates him.
It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.
Tonight, she puts up with him. When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players leftand then they’ll destroy each other.
2. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. (Richard Jackson Book)
Author: by Judy Blume
Margaret shares her secrets and her spirituality in this iconic Judy Blume novel, beloved by millions, that now has a fresh new look. Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink.
She’s just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friendsNancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong.
But none of them can believe Margaret doesn’t have religion, and that she isn’t going to the Y or the Jewish Community Center. What they don’t know is Margaret has her own very special relationship with God. She can talk to God about everythingfamily, friends, even Moose Freed, her secret crush.
Margaret is funny and real, and her thoughts and feelings are oh-so-relatableyou’ll feel like she’s talking right to you, sharing her secrets with a friend.
3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz: Young Adult edition – including new foreword and Q+A by the author: the heart-breaking and unforgettable international bestseller
Author: by Heather Morris
Young Adult edition – including new foreword and Q+A by the author plus further additional materialThe incredible bestselling true story. For readers of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Diary of Anne Frank Heart-breaking – a tale of love and survival amidst the horrors of AuschwitzHuman – the real story behind one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust – the blue numbers tattooed on prisoners’ armsInspirational – the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstancesUnforgettable – a story untold for over seventy years is finally sharedLife-affirming – one man’s determination to survive and live a full life with the woman he lovedFully verified – Lale Sokolov’s background and story has been fact-checked against all available documentary evidenceThe StoryThe Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz.
When Lale, given the job of tattooing the prisoners, saw Gita waiting in line, it was love at first sight. In that moment he determined to keep them both alive. This is a story of hope and of courage.
4. We Can't Keep Meeting Like This
Author: by Rachel Lynn Solomon
A wedding harpist disillusioned with love and a hopeless romantic cater-waiter flirt and fight their way through a summer of weddings in this effervescent romantic comedy from the acclaimed author of Today Tonight Tomorrow. Quinn Berkowitz and Tarek Mansour’s families have been in business together for years: Quinn’s parents are wedding planners, and Tarek’s own a catering company.
At the end of last summer, Quinn confessed her crush on him in the form of a rambling emailand then he left for college without a response. Quinn has been dreading seeing him again almost as much as she dreads another summer playing the harp for her parents’ weddings.
When he shows up at the first wedding of the summer, looking cuter than ever after a year apart, they clash immediately. Tarek’s always loved the grand gestures in weddingsthe flashier, the betterwhile Quinn can’t see them as anything but fake.
Even as they can’t seem to have one civil conversation, Quinn’s thrown together with Tarek wedding after wedding, from performing a daring cake rescue to filling in for a missing bridesmaid and groomsman. Quinn can’t deny her feelings for him are still there, especially after she learns the truth about his silence, opens up about her own fears, and begins learning the art of harp-making from an enigmatic teacher.
5. Once (Once Series, 1)
Author: by Morris Gleitzman
Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn’t know anything about the war, and thinks he’s only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business.
And when he thinks his parents are in danger, Felix sets off to warn them-straight into the heart of Nazi-occupied Poland. To Felix, everything is a story: Why did he get a whole carrot in his soup? It must be sign that his parents are coming to get him.
Why are the Nazis burning books? They must be foreign librarians sent to clean out the orphanage’s outdated library. But as Felix’s journey gets increasingly dangerous, he begins to see horrors that not even stories can explain. Despite his grim suroundings, Felix never loses hope.
Morris Gleitzman takes a painful subject and expertly turns it into a story filled with love, friendship, and even humor.
6. Wolf by Wolf: One girl’s mission to win a race and kill Hitler (Wolf by Wolf, 1)
Author: by Ryan Graudin
From the author of The Walled City comes a fast-paced and innovative novel that will leave you breathless. Her story begins on a train. The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents.The prize?
An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball in Tokyo. Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost.
The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele’s twin brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.
7. You Asked for Perfect
Author: by Laura Silverman
“Wise romantic and painfully relatable.”Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda From acclaimed author Laura Silverman comes a timely novel about a gay teen’s struggle when academic success and romantic happiness pull him in opposite directions, perfect for fans of Adam Silvera and Tamara Ireland Stone.
Ariel Stone has spent his life cultivating the perfect college rsum: first chair violinist, dedicated volunteer, active synagogue congregant, and expected valedictorian. He barely has time to think about a social life, let alone a relationshipuntil a failed calculus quiz puts his future on the line, forcing Ariel to enlist his classmate, Amir, as a tutor.
As the two spend more time together, Ariel discovers he may not like calculus, but he does like Amir. When he’s with Amir, the crushing academic pressure fades away on, and a fuller and brighter world comes into focus. But college deadlines are still looming.
And adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push Ariel past his limit. In a time where academic pressure on stressed teens couldn’t be higher, You Asked for Perfect is a story full of empathy, honesty and heart for anyone who has ever questioned the price of perfection.
8. Then (Once Series, 2)
Author: by Morris Gleitzman
Felix and Zelda have escaped the death camp train, but where do they go now? They’re two runaway kids in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II and the Holocaust. Danger lies at every turn of the road. With the help of a woman named Genia and their active imaginations, Felix and Zelda find a new home and begin to heal, forming a new family together.But can it last?
Morris Gleitzman’s winning characters will tug at readers’ hearts as they struggle to survive in the harsh political climate of Poland in 1942. Their lives are difficult, but they always remember what matters: family, love, and hope.
9. The Way Back
Author: by Gavriel Savit
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST A SYDNEY TAYLOR NOTABLE BOOKPerfect for readers of Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman, a sweeping historical fantasy that follows two teens on a journey through the Far Country, a Jewish land of spirits and demons. For the Jews of Eastern Europe, demons are everywhere: dancing on the rooftops in the darkness of midnight, congregating in the trees, harrowing the dead, even reaching out to try and steal away the living.
But the demons have a land of their own: a Far Country peopled with the souls of the transient dead, governed by demonic dukes, barons, and earls. When the Angel of Death comes strolling through the little shtetl of Tupik one night, two young people will be sent spinning off on a journey through the Far Country.
There they will make pacts with ancient demons, declare war on Death himself, and maybe- just maybe-find a way to make it back alive. Drawing inspiration from the Jewish folk tradition, The Way Back is a dark adventure sure to captivate readers of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust.
10. The Devil's Arithmetic (Puffin Modern Classics)
Author: by Jane Yolen
October 1, 1990
“A triumphantly moving book.” Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewHannah dreads going to her family’s Passover Sedershe’s tired of hearing her relatives talk about the past. But when she opens the front door to symbolically welcome the prophet Elijah, she’s transported to a Polish village in the year 1942.
Why is she there, and who is this “Chaya” that everyone seems to think she is? Just as she begins to unravel the mystery, Nazi soldiers come to take everyone in the village away. And only Hannah knows the unspeakable horrors that await.
A critically acclaimed novel from multi-award-winning author Jane Yolen. “[Yolen] adds much to understanding the effects of the Holocaust, which will reverberate throughout history, today and tomorrow.” SLJ, starred review”Readers will come away with a sense of tragic history that both disturbs and compels.” BooklistWinner of the National Jewish Book AwardAn American Bookseller “Pick of the Lists”
11. The Hired Girl
Author: by Laura Amy Schlitz
Schlitz has crafted another exquisite literary gem, one told entirely via Joan’s vivid, humorous, and emotionally resonant diary entries. Publishers Weekly (starred review)Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love.
Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart and her hope out into her diary because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of: a woman with a future.
Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her delicious wit and keen eye to early twentieth-century America in a moving yet comedic tour de force, available in paperback.
12. Now (Once Series, 3)
Author: by Morris Gleitzman
Set in the current day, this is the final book in Morris Gleitzman’s series that began with Once, continued with Then and is …Now. Felix is a grandfather. He has achieved much in his life and is widely admired in the community.
He has mostly buried the painful memories of his childhood, but they resurface when his granddaughter Zelda comes to stay with him. Together they face a cataclysmic event armed only with their gusto and lovean event that helps them achieve salvation from the past, but also brings the possibility of destruction.
Now is one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Children’s Books of 2012
Author: by Hans Peter Richter
“Superb, sensitive, honest and compelling … A simple but terrifying tale of the destruction of a single Jewish family.”-The New York TimesWinner of the Mildred L. Batchelder AwardHis best friend thought Friedrich was lucky. His family had a good home and enough money, and in Germany in the early 1930s, many were unemployed.
But when Hitler came to power, things began to change. Friedrich was expelled from school, and then his mother died and his father was deported. For Friedrich was Jewish.
14. Paper Hearts
Author: by Meg Wiviott
A forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this beautifully told true story about brave young women who refused to be victims and walked out of Auschwitz with their heads unbowed (School Library Journal).An act of defiance.
A statement of hope. A crime punishable by death. Making a birthday card in Auschwitz was all of those things. But that is what Zlatka did, in 1944, for her best friend, Fania. She stole and bartered for paper and scissors, secretly creating an origami heart.
Then she passed it to every girl at the work tables to sign with their hopes and wishes for happiness, for love, and most of allfor freedom. Fania knew what that heart meant, for herself and all the other girls.
And she kept it hidden, through the bitter days in the camp and through the death marches.She kept it always. This novel is based on the true story of Fania and Zlatka, the story of the bond that helped them both to hope for the best in the face of the worst.
Author: by Alice Hoffman
October 1, 2007
Bestselling author Alice Hoffman tears a page from history and melds it with mysticism to create a spellbinding, highly acclaimed tale about the persecution of Jewish people during the sixteenth century. Estrella is a Marrano: During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, she is one of a community of Spanish Jews living double lives as Catholics.
And she is living in a house of secrets, raised by a family who practices underground the ancient and mysterious way of wisdom known as kabbalah. When Estrella discovers her family’s true identity-and her family’s secrets are made public-she confronts a world she’s never imagined, where new love burns and where friendship ends in flame and ash, where trust is all but vanquished and betrayal has tragic and bitter consequences.
Winner of numerous “best book” citations and infused with the rich context of history and faith, Incantation is a transcendent journey of discovery and loss, rebirth and remembrance that Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry described as “Magical and spellbinding… Painful and exquisitely beautiful.”