H55 The Secret Journey

The story of Jewish survivor Bert Bodenheimer as told by his granddaughter Elyse Bodenheimer of Charlotte, North Carolina and illustrated by Chandler Whitefield of Gainesville, Florida. This book was written with love by Bert's granddaughter Elyse Bodenheimer and illustrated by her friend Chandler Whitefield. Elyse would like her readers to know Bert was a man of courage, love and honor. She is pleased his story will always be remembered through this book. Elyse was in the tenth grade at Providence High School in Charlotte, North Carolina when she wrote this book. She is an honors student who loves math, swimming and running on her schools track team. She is so proud of her grandfather, she

H30 A True American Liberator

The story of an American Liberator as told by author/illustrator Amanda DeVilder of East Moline, Illinois This week we highlight our young author and illustrator Amanda DeVilder of East Moline, Illinois. Hi! My name is Amanda DeVilder! I wrote and illustrated A True American Liberator when I was fifteen years old and a freshman at United Township High School in East Moline, Illinois. In school, I participated in volleyball, basketball, track & field and student council. I also enjoy reading and listening to music. One thing I really want to do is travel. In fact, I would really like to be a foreign exchange student. I like history too and A BOOK by ME gave me a better understanding of

H74 The Footstool

The story of a Catholic husband and wife taken from their happy lives in Poland to serve as forced labor under the Nazis. Written by Alanna Rumler and illustrated by Jennifer Banks. Both girls are from Geneseo, Illinois. The next book to be released in the Holocaust Series isThe Footstool by young author Alanna Rumler, illustrated by Jennifer Banks, both of Geneseo, Illinois. This story was told to Alanna by the granddaughter of the survivor named Jozef Kodyra. Ironically, Jozef was born in the United States and his family moved to Poland when he was a young boy. He grew up there, married Helena and started their family. Ironically they are not Jewish but nonetheless were taken as prison

H52 A Hidden Life

This week we highlight our young author and illustrator Chloe Marie Gosa of Rock Island, Illinois. Chloe's grandmother is Dr. Marrietta Castle, a distinguished member of the Holocaust Education Committee of the Greater Quad Cities. Chloe's grand parents lived next door to the Rubovitz family in Rock Island for many years. She has known Michelle her entire life and it's an honor to tell her story through ABBM. Michelle and her husband, Rabbi Chuck Rubovitz, live in Joliet where he is Rabbi at Joliet Jewish Congregation. Grants are being written through the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities this spring to put this book (and many others as well) into schools in Iowa and Illinois. If grants a

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