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Jesse's Star

by Ellen Schwartz

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published: Jan 2000
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Description

Jesse's project about his immigrant ancestors is due tomorrow and he hasn't started. In a last-ditch effort to find some information about his great-great grandfather, Yossi, Jesse rummages through the mess in the attic until he finds a little battered travel case, full of pictures, and something else—a Star of David. At first it looks plain and unimportant, but as he holds it in his hand, the star begins to glow. Jesse is in for the surprise, and adventure, of his life as he finds himself becoming the star's first owner, his own great-great grandfather.

About the Author
Ellen Schwartz is the author of over fifteen books. In addition to writing books, she has published dozens of magazine articles and adult short stories, and her stories for children have been published in children's magazines and teaching anthologies. Ellen, whose background is in education, currently works as a corporate and curriculum writer and editor, and teaches creative writing classes at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College. Ellen has two daughters and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.ellenschwartz.net.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily nominee
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar nominee
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch nominee
  • Long-listed, BC Book Prize nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
Editorial Reviews

"The plot is fast-paced and well-structured...The story of Yossi's mishaps and heroism is credible and engaging, as is the description of Russian Jewish culture and the village's way of life."

— Resource Links

"[The ending] is SO exciting that I would like you to read the book for yourself so that you can find out!"

— The Active Page

"Shwartz's...depiction of the village has all the gusto and sprightly characterization of a folk tale...This optimistic tale of Jewish immigration fills a niche with its appealing warmth and energy."

— Quill & Quire

"Schwartz has managed successfully to weave historical fact into compelling fiction."

— VOYA

"Well written, fast paced, and a manageable length, this time-travel book is just right for those looking for an easy read."

— School Library Journal

"Young readers will be readily drawn into the well-crafted plot and will be easily able to find a personal connection to Jesse and his present-day dilemma."

— CM Magazine

"An exciting time warp tale...A fun book that packs a powerful lesson."

— San Diego Jewish Times

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