• A Boy from Baghdad

    Middle School

    by Miriam Halahmy


    Salman and his family are Iraqi Jews who are forced to flee Iraq for Israel, the “Promised Land.” as Iraq becomes increasingly unsafe for Jews.

  • *After the War

    Middle School

    by Carol Matas


    Ruth Mendenberg risks her life to help lead a group of children on a daring journey over half a continent and across the sea to the Land of Israel, using secret routes and forged documents — and sheer force of will.

  • Beni’s War

    Middle School

    by Tammar Stein


    Set in 1973, “Beni’s War” is the sequel to “The Six-Day Hero.” Twelve-year-old Beni must say goodbye to his older brother, Motti, who is now in the Israeli army.

  • *Brother’s Keeper: Just a Story from a War

    Middle School

    by Arnon Z. Shorr
    illustrated by Joshua M. Edelglass


    A comic book short story set during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. It tells the true story of the author’s grandfather, Jacob Shorr, a teenager from Jerusalem who was wounded in the battle of Ramat Rachel.

  • Duel

    Middle School

    by David Grossman


    This translated-from-Hebrew mystery novel set in 1960s Israel tells the story of 12-year-old David and his friendship with elderly Mr. Rosenthal, who is challenged to a duel. David sets out to save his friend’s life and, in the process, learns about relationships set in the background of British-Mandate Palestine and pre-Holocaust Europe.

  • Flight to the Promised Land

    Middle School

    by Laszlo Hamori


    Translated from its original Swedish, Journey to the Promised land follows Yemenite Shalom Mizrachi and his family as their Jewish village uproots itself in order to take the difficult journey to Aden where they will then take planes to fly them into Israel.

  • Gal Gadot: Soldier, Model, Wonder Woman

    Middle School

    by Jill Sherman


    Learn about Israeli Gal Gadot and her life story of being born and raised in Israel, becoming a beauty pageant winner, entering the military, and eventually becoming a successful actress. Gadot serves as a positive role model for readers, especially young girls.

  • Keeping Israel Safe: Serving in the Israel Defense Forces

    Middle School

    by Barbara Sofer


    The author, Barbara Sofer, has written an engaging and informative short book that weaves the fictional story of four friends who represent the various backgrounds of many young Israelis who are about to join the army and the decision-making process for deciding which unit they will serve.

  • One More River

    Middle School

    by Lynne Reid Banks


    A coming-of-age novel about a Jewish-Canadian girl named Lesley whose family decides to leave their comfortable life behind to make aliyah to a kibbutz right before the Six-Day War. The story discusses issues to which many readers growing up Jewish in the Diaspora can relate, including assimilation and intermarriage.

  • *The Bat-Chen Diaries

    Middle School

    by Bat-Chen Shahak


    The life of aspiring writer, 15-year-old Bat-Chen, was cut short when she was murdered in a suicide bombing in Tel-Aviv in 1996. Bat-Chen’s family and friends submitted letters, journal entries, pictures, and notes in order for readers to see the observations of this mature and eloquent Israeli teenager.

  • The Garden

    Middle School

    by Carol Matas


    A sequel to Matas’ book, After the War, The Garden follows sixteen-year-old Holocaust survivor Ruth Mendolsohn as she settles into her new life working on a kibbutz in Palestine. Ruth and her fellow survivor friends who immigrated together to Israel have joined the Haganah and attempt to defend Jews from violence at the hands of local Arabs rioters and snipers.

  • The Return

    Middle School

    by Sonia Levitin


    The Return chronicles the life of the Jewish Ethiopians who are persecuted and discriminated against in Ethiopia. Fifteen-year-old Desta and her two siblings come to the difficult decision to embark on the dangerous journey to walk to Sudan where they hope to be rescued by Israelis and immigrate to the Promised land.

  • *The Six-Day Hero

    Middle School

    by Tammar Stein


    12-year-old Motti lives in Jerusalem with his parents, younger brother, Beni, and older brother Gideon, who is serving in the Israeli army as the country faces war from neighboring Arab countries. Readers learn about the Six Day War from Moti, his family, friends and neighbors — including Holocaust survivors, native-born Israelis, and non-Jewish residents.

  • Under the Domim Tree

    Middle School

    by Gila Almagor
    translated by Hillel Schenker


    Under the Domim Tree was written by Israeli film actress, Gila Almagor, who drew upon her childhood experiences to create a coming-of-age story centered around orphaned teenagers growing up in an Israeli agricultural youth village. The main protagonist, Aviya, is one of the few teenagers who was born in Israel, while all the others are Holocaust survivors.