Author Archives: Barbara Krasner

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.

Author’s Notebook | The Heirs by Fran Hawthorne

The Heirs, a Novel by Fran Hawthorne, Stephen E. Austin State University Press, 2018, 234 pp. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write this novel? Fran Hawthorne (FH): As an American Jew, I knew that I was extraordinarily … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | The Seven by Ellen G. Friedman

The Seven, A Family Holocaust Story by Ellen G. Friedman, Wayne State University Press, 2017, 280 pp. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What were your greatest challenges in writing The Seven? Ellen G. Friedman (EGF): I’d like to thank you for inviting … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | All Eyes on Alexandra by Anna Levine

All Eyes on Alexandra, written by Anna Levine and illustrated by Chiara Pasqualotto. 32 pp., Kar-Ben, September 2018. The Whole Megillah (TWM): In this book, you’ve personified a family of cranes and used Abba, Ima, Savta, and Saba. How did … Continue reading

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Three-in-One Notebook | Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen

Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen, Scholastic Press, 2018, 400 pp. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write Resistance? Jennifer Nielsen (JN): I stumbled upon the story while exploring the former Jewish ghetto in Krakow. A sign on one … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook: Not Our Kind, a Novel by Kitty Zeldis

Not Our Kind by Kitty Zeldis. HarperCollins, September 2018. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write this book? Kitty Zeldis (KZ): This book began in the 1970s, when I was student at Vassar, although I didn’t know that the … Continue reading

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August 2018 Jewish Book Carnival

The Whole Megillah is pleased to once again host the monthly Jewish Book Carnival! Here are this month’s links: At Life Is Like a Library, Chava Pinchuck looks at some books that are appropriate for the month of Elul, a time … Continue reading

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The New Yorker Article about Children’s Holocaust Books Folks have been buzzing about Ruth Franklin’s New Yorker article, “Transported.” You can read it here. You can also access information about children’s Holocaust books published in the United States and Canada … Continue reading

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