Jewish Stories

Nineteen-year-old Sam’s summer isn’t off to a great start. Her boyfriend, Eli, ditched her for a European backpacking trip and now she’s a counselor at Camp Blue Springs: the summer camp her eleven-year-old self swore never to return to. Sam expects the next seven weeks to be a total disaster. That is, until she meets Gavin, the camp’s sailing instructor, who turns her expectations upside down. One totally absurd, completely off-the-wall summer may be just what Sam needs. And maybe, just maybe, it will teach her something about what she really wants.

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by Laura Silverman

Shoshanna Greenburg loves her job at the bookstore, Once Upon, until Jake Kaplan joins the staff, a handsome non-reader who challenges her for a bonus she needs.

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone
by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins and a career as a surgeon. Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease, has turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. They’ve taken a genetic test to determine the odds they’ll develop the disease. When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive. This outcome pushes them farther apart. Can they repair their relationship… and is it even worth saving?

The Poetry of Secrets
by Cambria Gordon

Isabel Perez is a sixteen-year-old who dreams of writing poetry, love, and being with the young nobleman Diego Altamirano; but in Trujillo, Spain in 1481 such a love is forbidden by the boy’s family because Isabel’s families are conversos, new Christians, but in the privacy of their home they still practice Judaism–a secret that could destroy them all when the Inquisition reaches Trujillo and they are forced to flee to the uncertain safety of Portugal, and beyond.

Rebel Daughter
by Lori Banov Kaufmann

In the years preceding the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE, young Esther’s greatest worry is that she will be forced to marry against her will but soon, she faces famine, seige, and slavery.

Again Again
by E. Lockhart

Rising high school senior Adelaide Buchwald grapples with a family catastrophe and romantic upheaval while confronting secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind.

They Went Left
by Monica Hesse

Zofia, a teenage Holocaust survivor, travels across post-war Europe as she searches for her younger brother and seeks to rebuild her shattered life.

Destroy All Monsters
by Sam J. Miller

Solomon and Ash both experienced a traumatic event when they were twelve. Ash lost all memory of that event when she fell from Solomon’s treehouse. Since then, Solomon has retreated further and further into a world he seems to have created in his own mind. One that insulates him from reality, but crawls with foes and monsters… in both animal and human form. As Solomon slips further into the place he calls Darkside, Ash realizes her only chance to free her best friend from his pain is to recall exactly what happened that day in his backyard and face the truth–together.

When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. And if they ever find out what Scarlett truly thinks about them, she’ll be thrust into a situation far more dramatic than anything she’s ever seen on TV.

When a local bully upsets the senior community by throwing wild parties, an effort that is complicated by Aaron’s PTSD and Tom’s unrequited feelings for the bully’s sister, misfit Tom and his friend Ed take matters into their own hands.