‘Hannah’s Way’ takes Sydney Taylor Book Award

BOSTON (JTA) — “Hannah’s Way,” by Linda Glaser, was among the winners in the Sydney Taylor Book Awards.

Beth Shalom Cemetery ad

The Depression-era story of an observant Jewish girl who feels out of place in her new home in a rural Minnesota mining town was picked the top choice for young readers on Jan. 21 by the Association of Jewish Libraries. The awards recognize new books that portray the Jewish experience.

“His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg,” a biography by Louise Borden of the Swedish humanitarian who rescued Jews during World War II, won the award for older readers.

“The book, teeming with photographs, shows how the courageous actions of one person, despite tremendous obstacles, can make a difference,” said Aimee Lurie, chair of the awards committee.

For teen readers, the winner was “Intentions,” by Deborah Heiligman, a novel about moral challenges and trust facing a Jewish teenage girl.

Honors winners include “The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale,” by Linda Leopold Strauss, illustrated by Alexi Natchev; “Zayde Comes to Live,” by Sheri Sinykin, illustrated by Kristina Swarner; “The Wooden Sword,” by Ann Redisch Stampler, illustrations by Carol Liddiment; and “Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust,” by Doreen Rappaport.

The prestigious award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic “All-of-a-Kind Family” series.

Help us tell the Jewish story with reporting from around the world. Please donate to JTA.

Click to write a letter to the editor.