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Orca Immigration and Refugees through May 2023

Jesse's Star
By (author): Ellen Schwartz
Ellen Schwartz


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Jan 01, 2000
$7.95 CAD


7.5in x 5 x 0.25 in | 100 gr

Page Count:

112 pages
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Holocaust
jC813/.54 21
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
  • Short Description
When Jesse finds a Star of David in the attic he is transported back in time to Russia and finds himself becoming the stars first owner, his great-great grandfather Yossi.
What drove a boy and his family to emigrate to Canada?

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.

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.

"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

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

"An exciting time warp tale...A fun book that packs a powerful lesson." - San Diego Jewish Times

"[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

"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

"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

"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

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