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Jesse's Star

British Columbia Millennium 2000 Book Award

Short-listed for Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association

Short-listed for Red Cedar Award

Short-listed for Chocolate Lily Award

Long-listed for BC Book Prizes

Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice

Chosen for TumbleReadables Library


Jesse is magically transported back in time to a small Russian village in the early 1900s, where he experiences life through the eyes of Yossi, his great-great-grandfather. Clumsy, mischievous Yossi becomes an unlikely hero when he devises a daring plan to help the Jews escape from the cruel Russian soldiers who persecute them. Back in modern time, Jesse finds new appreciation for his heritage.


"[Schwartz’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


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


Teachers’ Guide


Orca Book Publishers, 2000

ISBN 1-55143-143-2, 96 pages, paperback, ages 7-10

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