RECENT RELEASE! Secret of the Woods

July 10, 2014

C370Ah…nothing like those long, sweltering summer months with all the kids home, when it’s “too shmoiling (kid lingo for boiling hot)” to ride bikes outside, and it’s “too boring” to play board games indoors, and all you want to do is head for the pool—alone—if only you can somehow find a way to occupy the gang so you can swim in peace…

This, my friends, is where good, wholesome summer reading for your tweens comes into play. All you need is a “geshmake” book with an awesome and suspenseful plot, and maybe a few bags of popcorn and a slushy or two thrown in—and your tween is set for the next few afternoons! (If he’s a fast reader, sorry, Mom—you just may have to spend more money and indulge in new books a bit more often for him…)

Still looking for that terrific book that will actually hold your child’s interest for more than five minutes? Search no more—you’ve come to the right site! Secret of the Woods is a thriller of an adventure book, and your tween will just love it!

Set against the backdrop of summer vacation (when else?), Secret of the Woods has all the elements your adventurous preteen wants to see in a spine-tingling mystery novel: a great chevrah of boys with a penchant for detective work, a suspicious tenant who seems to turn up in the oddest of places, and an alarming amount of diamond robberies happening in a frum diamond dealer’s work area…

Want to know what will happen? Your tween sure does! Give him this book—and let his pleasure and fun begin…

Oh, and enjoy your swim! :)

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Summer Warehouse Sale Ending Soon!

June 23, 2014

SUMMER READING BONANZA

20% OFF ALL TITLES*

PLUS  A HUGE ASSORTMENT OF BOOKS FOR ONLY $6.99!!!

*At select stores or at www.israelbookshoppublications.com. Hurry, sale ends July 7th!

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NEW RELEASE! More Than Meets the Eye

May 26, 2014

C368Michoel Lederman would be the first to tell you that it’s not easy having a special-needs sibling. Why does everything have to always revolve around Rikki and her cerebral palsy? To have to move with his family away from all his friends, his school, his pet parrot, and all that’s familiar to him, to faraway America, all because of Rikki and her special needs, is not an easy concession for a twelve-year-old to have to make.

Actually, moving to another place because of a situation that’s not in your control is not an easy concession for anyone, of any age, to have to make. One of my friends was forced to move with her husband and family from Eretz Yisrael to America due to family circumstances—and boy did she take it hard! While, as a wife and mother, she couldn’t exactly sit in her house and mope all day, it did take her a good few months to come to terms with the move, and until she did, there was many a day when she had to force herself to smile in spite of the bleakness she was feeling.

So when things don’t exactly go smoothly for Michoel in his new home…well, you can’t really blame him for being grumpy and out-of-sorts, can you?

But then a baffling mystery begins to rear its head, with implications that are very serious indeed… And before he knows it, Michoel finds himself knee-deep among cops and robbers that aren’t part of a game at all, but are quite true-to-life indeed!

For the adventure-loving tween (especially boys!) in your life who can also appreciate a deep message or two—this is a novel that will send chills and thrills down your spine! Join Michoel and his buddies in their fast-paced and frightening detective work…and see where it will lead everyone…

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NEW RELEASE! Behind the Scenes

May 23, 2014

L666You know the talented, popular girl in your class who was friends with everyone, was involved in every high school activity, and was beloved by the school staff, to boot? Not the kind of person who leaves an easy act for anyone to follow.

Well, what happens when Miss Popular has an older brother she’s close to, who’s a catch of a boy, and who just happens to be in shidduchim? It would follow naturally for her to try and seek out for him a girl just like herself, right? A girl she can be friends with, a girl she can be proud to call her sister-in-law.

But that’s not exactly what happens In Behind the Scenes. Simi Ostfeld is outgoing and popular, a real social butterfly; the girl her brother marries is the exact opposite. And while Simi wants to see the good in her new sister-in-law, and even tries to do so, when someone’s personality clashes so strongly with your own, finding the positive attributes in the other person can truly be an arduous task…

But let’s not forget that most streets go two ways. For all the great things Simi has going for her, her family has a background, too—quite an eventful one, at that—and Menuchi, her sister-in-law, has to come to terms with that as well…

There’s lots of heated emotion and tough family dynamics roiling in this new novel. Come and take a peek into the lives of some fascinating characters and their equally intriguing lives…

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NEW RELEASE! The Carpool Clan #2 – Crossroads

April 9, 2014

C366When Speed Bumps, the first book in the Carpool Clan series, made its debut less than a year ago, “tween”-aged girls snatched it up—and then clamored for more—so fast, that we had no choice but to bend to the pressure and produce a second book right away!

So here it is, girls! Crossroads, a book that spotlights Tehilla—though of course you’ll meet Shevy and the rest of the crew again in this book, too!

There’s lots going on in Tehilla Markson’s house. First her parents took a girl into their home for a while—a girl Tehilla isn’t sure she likes. Then her family is thrown into shock when a horrible medical emergency arises…

Tehilla finds herself at a crossroads. She knows what she can do to help things out; she knows what she should do—but…how could she give up such a tremendous thing?

As any “tween”-ager knows, life is about making choices and decision—not all of which are easy. Tweens will identify with Tehilla in this book, as they find themselves enjoying the superb story!

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NEW RELEASE! My First Haggadah

April 8, 2014

C364Although every Yom Tov has its own unique characteristics, differentiating it from any other Jewish holiday, when it comes to Pesach…well, Pesach is in a class of its own. For which other Yom Tov do we turn our homes upside-down in the hunt for some wayward crumbs of chametz—and then turn everything right-side-up again in order to begin cooking up a storm and churning out one gourmet meal after another (all gebrochts-free and ingredient-free, of course!)?

There’s an apron I’ve seen that has a very succinct message emblazoned across it. When worn by an exhausted, overworked housewife during the Pesach season, it really says it all: Why is this night different than all the other nights? DON’T ASK!

But be this as it may, one of the most obvious unique points about Pesach is its definite focus on the children—including the very young ones. This is the Yom Tov where our little ones are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the goings-on around them. And with My First Haggadah, by acclaimed illustrator Ruth Beifus, you can be sure that your kids will be participating at the Seder with wide-eyed interest and excitement!

What makes this haggadah so kid-friendly is the fact that there is very little text—just a few necessary, explanatory lines—but many adorable and captivating pictures that really bring the story of Yetzias Mitzrayim alive for children.

Want to light up your little one’s Pesach Seder experience this year? Buy this haggadah for him/her, and watch the pleasure set in…

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NEW RELEASE! Escape from Egypt

April 7, 2014

C365The interesting thing about Pesach is that no two families have the same minhagim. Take the Afikoman, for example. (Not the piece of matzah—that you’ll leave for your kids to take, or the leader of your Seder, or whoever has been self-appointed as the Afikoman Pickpocket of the Evening [read on]; I’m referring to the concept of it.) In some families, it’s the kids who take it, and then demand a ransom for its return. In other families, it’s the father or head of the Seder who hides it, and the kids have to find it. When they do, the father presents them with a prize. Does the father set the price for the prize, or do the kids? That depends on your minhag, too! And in still other families, the father/kids do the hiding/seeking—but there is no prize offered at all; the fun is simply “lishmah.

Whatever your particular family minhag is, the concept of an Afikoman present is familiar to all. And if you’re the one doing the Afikoman-present distributing to your kids (and even if your family doesn’t “do” the Afikoman-present-distributing thing, there’s nothing wrong with indulging your kids once in a while, anyway…)—you’ll want to read on. Here is a book that will definitely pique your—and your kids’—interest!

All kids love comics. And when an entire book is a comics story—and a great story, at that!—well, what could be better reading material for a child than that? Escape from Egypt is the suspenseful and dramatic story of Avi Friedman, a regular, modern-day boy, who journeys back in time to Mitzrayim, to a world ruled by merciless Egyptian taskmasters…

In this book, readers will follow Avi’s adventures, as he becomes a worker in Pharaoh’s palace…and then witnesses the ten Makkos…and experiences the splitting of the Yam Suf… If you’re looking for a way to really make your child “see himself as if he went out of Mitzrayim,” this book will certainly do the trick! (It will do the same for you, too, by the way!)

For the Afikoman present, or the no-reason-at-all present, of the season for your kids—Escape from Egypt is the book to buy. Turn a few pages of it yourself, and you’ll see what we mean!

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