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Sonia Levitin

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Verk av Sonia Levitin

Journey to America (1970) 967 exemplar
Nine for California (1996) 230 exemplar
The Cure (1999) 230 exemplar
The Return (1987) 193 exemplar
Boom Town (1998) 190 exemplar
Silver Days (1989) 175 exemplar
Escape from Egypt (1994) 167 exemplar
Room in the Heart (2003) 128 exemplar
When Elephant Goes to a Party (2001) 114 exemplar
Clem's Chances (2001) 102 exemplar
When Kangaroo Goes to School (2001) 95 exemplar
Strange Relations (2007) 93 exemplar
Annie's Promise (1993) 89 exemplar
The Goodness Gene (2005) 82 exemplar
Dream Freedom (2000) 59 exemplar
Singing Mountain (1998) 52 exemplar
Junk Man's Daughter (2007) 47 exemplar
The Golem and the Dragon Girl (1993) 44 exemplar
A Piece of Home (1996) 41 exemplar
The Mark of Conte (1976) 35 exemplar
A Sound to Remember (1979) 33 exemplar
Yesterday's Child (1997) 32 exemplar
Rita, the Weekend Rat (1971) 32 exemplar
Incident at Loring Groves (1988) 26 exemplar
Taking Charge (1999) 21 exemplar
Beyond Another Door (1977) 19 exemplar
Evil Encounter (1996) 16 exemplar
Who Owns the Moon? (1973) 15 exemplar
Smile Like a Plastic Daisy (1984) 13 exemplar
The No-Return Trail (1845) 13 exemplar
All the Cats in the World (1984) 12 exemplar
Jason and the Money Tree (1600) 9 exemplar
A Single Speckled Egg (1972) 9 exemplar
A Season for Unicorns (1986) 8 exemplar
The Fisherman and the Bird (1982) 5 exemplar
Reigning Cats and Dogs (1978) 4 exemplar
Adam's War (1994) 3 exemplar
Nobody Stole the Pie (1980) 3 exemplar
Jason's Money Tree 1 exemplar

Associerade verk

Memories of Sun: Stories of Africa and America (2004) — Bidragsgivare — 38 exemplar
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 10, June 1978 — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar


Allmänna fakta

Germany (birth)
Berlin, Germany
Los Angeles, California, USA
University of California, Berkeley
University of Pennsylvania
Holocaust survivor
Kort biografi
Sonia Levitin was born in Berlin, Germany. Her father Max Wolff, a prominent clothing designer, escaped Nazi Germany to the USA, settling in New York and then in Los Angeles. At age 3, Sonia, her mother Helene, and two sisters made their way to Switzerland before being reunited with her father in the USA in 1939. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she met her future husband, Lloyd Levitin, whom she married in 1953. She then completed a degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania and the couple went to live in the San Francisco Bay area and had two children. She worked as a publicist and columnist for several newspapers until her first children's novel, Journey to America, was published in 1970 to great acclaim and became a bestseller. She is the author of picture books, mysteries, humor, historical adventures, and novels for young adults, many with Jewish themes, that sometimes feature semi-autobiographical characters. Her work has won numerous awards, including the Southern California Council on Literature for Children's Distinguished Body of Work Award. She is also noted as a painter whose artwork was displayed in 2015 for the first time.




I read this book as a young girl about a family escaping Germany as things started to get bad. It is a fine, extremely well written book suitable for most ages.

The subject matter has always been difficult for me honestly. I love Historical Fiction but do not tend to read many books on WW2. However, this one is a gem. Another reviewer described it as "quiet" and I would agree. It is perfect for anyone who wants a book on this subject but does not want alot of violence included.

This book, because it is a children's and YA book, is fast ,easy reading as well as being extremely well written. The characters are developed and the story..this is a family escaping to America during that horrible time..will have you on the edge of your seat. It is a marvelous read.

If you want to lean more about this horrible period of time and have not read much about it, this is a good book to start with. This is also a great book for people who love Historical novels about this subject.

Although it is YA, as with many YA books, this can be read and enjoyed by anyone at any age. I am sure that if you do read it, you will not be able to put it down, as I wasn't and you will fall in love with the family, particularly the children and you will root for them. 4.5 stars for an amazing book.
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Thebeautifulsea | 6 andra recensioner | Aug 4, 2022 |
When the rabbi chooses Jacov, a "fine boy, but slow of speech and a bit clumsy" as the person who will blow the shofar (ram's horn) at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the villagers aren't sure what to think. In groups and one by one they visit the rabbi to suggest alternatives, but that wise man only smiles. At first, when Jacov is less than successful at the Rosh Hashanah service, it looks as if the skeptics will be proved right. But then the rabbi takes a surprise trip, returning just in time to lead Yom Kippur services, and to teach the congregation an important lesson...

I stumbled across Sonia Levitan's A Sound to Remember quite by accident, while searching for children's books about the Jewish High Holy Days, and am glad I did. The story is poignant, highlighting the importance of compassion, and the idea of everyone having a role to play in the religious community. I was deeply moved when the rabbi said that "love for each other and for God is more important than ritual," as this is something that I too (as a Protestant Christian) have always felt and believed. The accompanying illustrations from Gabriel Lisowski are delicately expressive, and well-suited to the story. Published in 1979 and long out-of-print, this is a book worth tracking down, whether one is looking for children's stories about Rosh Hashanah, or is just a fan of vintage picture-books.
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AbigailAdams26 | 1 annan recension | Sep 12, 2020 |
A Piece of Home is about a little boy named Gregor whose family is moving from Russia to the states. To remind him of home he brings along his favorite blanket. Gregor is nervous to meet his cousin Elie in America. When Gregor first meets his cousin, his cousin stares back at Gregor and his blanket with curiosity . I feel that this book would comfort young children who are getting ready to move. The book also shows that no matter where we come from we all have things in common, just like Gregor and his cousin.… (mer)
vviverito | 4 andra recensioner | Sep 16, 2019 |



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