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Fiction Ages 8-11
Pages: 112
Themes: immigration, Jewish history, time travel
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/01/2000
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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.

Now a boy in Russia in the 1880s, Yossi lives in a little village, watched over by thieving soldiers who hate the Jewish community and often raid their crops before they can be stored for the winter. The whole village prays for the opportunity to slip away from their Russian keepers and escape to Canada, a land where they can be free. And nobody, even his parents, think Yossi is old enough to be of any help. But Yossi is out to prove them all wrong. If his plan works, he will set the whole village free. And he must do it alone.

An adventure story for young readers, Jesse's Star is also a compelling history of one family's struggle to be free in the new world.

San Diego Jewish Times - February 28, 2002
"An exciting time warp tale...A fun book that packs a powerful lesson."
CM Magazine - September 22, 2000
"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."
Resource Links - September 1, 2000
"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."
VOYA - August 31, 2000
"Schwartz has managed successfully to weave historical fact into compelling fiction."
The Active Page - August 1, 2000
"[The ending] is SO exciting that I would like you to read the book for yourself so that you can find out!"
Quill & Quire - May 2, 2000
"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."
School Library Journal - January 1, 2000
"Well written, fast paced, and a manageable length, this time-travel book is just right for those looking for an easy read."

Awards

BC Book Prize nominee  | 2000 | Long-listed
CCBC Our Choice  | 2000 | Commended
Red Cedar nominee  | 2003 | Short-listed
Silver Birch nominee  | 2001 | Short-listed
Chocolate Lily nominee  | 2003 | Short-listed

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