Upcoming Books

Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story

Illustrated by Amy June Bates
Publisher: Abrams (February 2019)

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Leslea Newman and Aunt Phyllis
Lesléa with her “Aunt Phyllis” (her mom’s best friend), who is the daughter of the real Gittel!

Gittel and her mother are leaving the Old Country to come to America for a better life. But the health inspector tells Gittel’s mother that she is not well enough to travel and Gittel must make the journey alone. But how can she cross an entire ocean by herself and start a new life when she is only nine years old? Gittel’s mother tells her everything will be fine. But will it? A story of courage, faith, and hope, Gittel’s Journey is based on the true story of Lesléa Newman’s mother’s best friend’s mother, who came to America in 1906!

Watch for these other titles coming soon:

  • Baby’s Blessings (Kar-Ben, 2019)
  • Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail (Charlesbridge, 2020)