Green Bean Books

Ages 8+

Echo Still

Written by Tim Tibbitts

Highlights

  • Awarded ‘Manuscript of Merit’ – Association of Jewish Libraries

  • Selection by the PJ Library Editorial Committee

  • ‘A beautiful, human telling of a boy’s relationship with his grandmother’ – Rabbi Joshua Caruso, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple

Price: £9.99 / $19.95
ISBN: 9781784383053

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Calling Cobber

Written by Sheri Sinykin

Highlights

  • A warm-hearted novel for middle grade readers
  • A touching meditation on grief, faith, friendship and family
  • Explores big ideas, themes and issues in a way that is accessible to young readers, including bereavement, dementia, immigrant experience and Judaism

Price: £12.99 / $22.95
ISBN: 9781784385071

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Striker Boy

Written by Jonny Zucker

Highlights

  • A fast-paced football-centred thriller

  • An exciting read for older children or young teens

  • This fun story also depicts the changing relationship between parents and children as they grow up and the effects of grief and loss for both sides

Price: £12.99 / $14.95
ISBN: 9781784385170

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Going Rogue (At Hebrew School)

Written by Casey Breton

Highlights

  • A laugh-out-loud novel for middle grade readers
  • Explores modern family life and the role of Judaism (or any religion) within it
  • For any child who loves Star Wars, science, football, or really anything other than going to religious school

Price: £9.99 / $12.95
ISBN: 9781784385392

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Benny Feldman's All Star Klezmer Band

Written by Allison Marks and Wayne Marks

Highlights

  • Commended as a 2022 Sydney Taylor Award Notable Book
  • A humorous, culturally Jewish story, about creativity and self-belief, difference and inclusivity, friendship and family.

  • Uniquely delves into and celebrates the history and tradition of Klezmer music for a young, contemporary audience.

  • Full of references to musicians and musical genres, it explores the universal language of music and its ability to unite people.

Price: £12.99 / $13.99
ISBN: 9781784385552

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GOTTIKA

Written by Helaine Becker
Illustrations by Vero Navarro

Highlights

  • A compelling illustrated story for middle-grade readers set in a vividly imagined fictional world.
  • Weaves together fantasy, Jewish folklore and global human history, primarily the legend of the golem.
  • Tells a universal story about human rights, justice and standing up against oppression and corruption in all forms.

Price: £9.99 / $12.99
ISBN: 9781784385750

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The Seventh Handmaiden

Written by Judith Pransky

 

Highlights

  • Commended as a 2022 Sydney Taylor Award Notable Book
  • A compelling, beautifully written and thoroughly researched historical novel for 11-15 year olds.
  • An inventive reinterpretation of the story of Queen Esther.
  • A female-led story, which explores issues of identity, community, freedom, friendship and the power of literacy.
  • Vividly imagined, it offers a rare glimpse into the Jewish diaspora in Ancient Persia and the Persian Empire

Price: £9.99 / $12.95
ISBN: 9781784385897

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The Lost Spy and the Green Dress

Written by Alex Paz Goldman
Translated by Linda Yechiel

Highlights

  • A complex and compelling mystery story for older middle grade readers, set in a vividly described 1960s Israel.

  • Confronts challenging subject matter with humour and nuance through the eyes of its compelling young protagonist.

  • Tells an important story about the schisms between generations and teaches young readers to think more carefully about the lives and histories of the adults in their lives.

Price: £10.99 / $13.99
ISBN: 9781784387310

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Ben’s Bonkers Bar Mitzvah

Written by Ivor Baddiel
Illustrations by Zoom Rockman

Highlights

  • An appealing story about aliens, adventure and family

  • A fun read for children, especially anyone interest in space!

  • The story shows how feeling connected to the past and a family’s culture can be a good basis for building confidence

Price: £9.99
ISBN: 9781784389215

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A Boy from Baghdad

Written by Miriam Halahmy

Highlights

  • Tells the story of the Shashas, a Jewish family that leaves Iraq for Israel in 1951
  • Focuses on twelve-year-old Salman Shasha, an avid swimmer who, by means of his talent and his passion, finds a way to adjust to this new country while remaining true to himself
  • An accurate representation of the struggle of Iraqi Jews in the 20th century, Halahmy sheds light on a struggle that is rarely heard, and tells a story that is hugely important
  • Middle-grade novel for children between the ages of 8 and 12
  • Details the family’s hardship as they are forced to leave their country and shows how they overcome these struggles to build a new life in their new home

Price: £9.99
ISBN: 9781784389901

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Standing Together

 Written by Leah Sokol

Highlights

  • A children’s biography of Natan Sharansky, the famous Soviet dissident and Refusenik, and his wife Avital
  • A middle-grade, historical book aimed at children aged 8–12
  • Timeline at the back of the book helps to guide readers through the story
  • Doesn’t shy away from complex topics and introduces these to children in age- appropriate ways
  • Interspersed with moments of humour and light

Price: £12.99
ISBN: 9781805000570

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The Girl with the Secret Name

The Incredible Life of Doña Gracia Mendes Nasi

 Written by Yael Zoldan

Highlights

  • A children’s biography of ‘Doña Gracia’ Mendes Nasi, the Jewish Portuguese
  • philanthropist from the 1500s whose story has, until recently, been largely overlooked
  • A middle-grade, history book aimed at children aged 8-12
  • A timeline and a family tree at the back of the book help to guide young readers through the story
  • Covers the complex subject of the expulsion and forcible conversion of Jews during the Inquisition in an informative and age-appropriate way

Price: £12.99/$13.99
ISBN: 9781805000983

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