Dina’s Books for Young Readers


Escaping Into the Night

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Halina Rudowski is on the run. When the Polish ghetto where she lives is liquidated, she narrowly escapes, but her mother is not as lucky. Along with her friend, Batya, Halina makes her way to a secret encampment in the woods where Jews survive by living underground. As the group struggles for food, handles infighting, and attempts to protect themselves from the advancing German army, Halina must face the reality of life without her mother. Based on historical events, this gripping tale sheds light on a little-known aspect of the holocaust, the underground forest encampments that saved several thousand Jews from the Nazis.

Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book for Older Readers

New York Public Library, Best Books for the Teen Age 

American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults Nominee

Children’s Book Council/National Council of Social Studies
(CBC/NCSS) Trade Book

VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Top Shelf Fiction

“A vivid, masterful portrayal … an important contribution to the Holocaust narrative.”
–Livia Bitton Jackson, author of I Have Lived a Thousand Years

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Playing Dad’s Song


It’s been two years since Gus’s father was killed in the World Trade Center, and Gus can’t figure out how to move on. His mother thinks he needs to do something – anything – so she rents him an oboe and signs him up for lessons with her boss’s elderly father, Mr. M. As Gus’s friendship with Mr. M. develops, so does his passion for classical music, and soon he decides to compose a song of his own, a tribute to his father. But even if Gus can find a way to wrap up his father’s life in a single song, will he ever find the courage to play it?

A satisfying look at the emotions and coping mechanisms of a young boy struggling with an enormous, unexplained loss in his life.–A moving, heartfelt story –Kirkus

Bank Street College of Education, Best Children’s Books of the Year

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