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Reyna And the Jade Star (Gali Girls Jewish History Series) Paperback – July 30, 2006
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Twelve-year-old Reyna Li isn't psychic, although it sometimes seems that way. She has an uncanny ability to understand people's hearts through their body language. Reyna's gift has helped her father, Solomon - a leader in old China's Jewish community - become a successful trader, but has also alienated Reyna from her friends. When the mysterious Mr. Virat makes Solomon an offer he cannot refuse, Reyna's gift plunges her into a daring rescue attempt in the desert hundreds of miles from home. Join Reyna as she discovers and rediscovers herself, the blessings of the mother she never knew, and the true meaning of being Jewish.
About the Author
Robin K. Levinson has been a professional journalist since graduating from the University of New Mexico in 1981. Ms. Levinson began her career as a newspaper reporter and became a freelance writer and editor in 1993. She coauthored seven consumer-health books before shifting her concentration to Judaic topics several years ago. She is a regular contributor to Jewish Woman Magazine and a reviewer for Jewish Book World. She has won more than 30 statewide and national writing awards, including two Rockower Awards from the American Jewish Press Association. The Gali Girls series marks her debut in childrens fiction. She lives in Hamilton, N.J., with her husband, Larry, and children, Zoe and Aaron.
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With a nod to Pearl Buck's "Peony," this is an exciting story, which both boys and girls will enjoy. Through this story, the readers will also discover how the Jewish people came to China, the traditions they maintained and the life style they lived. This book fills a need for stories about this historical time and place.
For ages 8 - 12.
Reviewed by Diane Rauchwerger
This book & others in the same line (Gali Girl Dolls) are wonderful. Other companies don't have an example of a historical doll &/or book from China. This series allows me to show my daughter that there is a product out there for her.
The book is well-written & quite enjoyable.