Coming from the GDR, a narrow minded country of grey shades, Dzubas developed a deep longing for colours and freedom. In 1968 she could escape the country. Her first journey brought her to Crete, the cradle of the archaic Minoan culture. On its the West coast she found the small village of fishermen, Lutro, which became in the last decades her new homeland. This cosmos of beach, sea and sky inspired her to paint and also to research the ancient Greek scripts in Crete.
Looking back, Sivia Dzubas is very glad that her first steps into the world brought her to Greece. It was an unexpected encounter with the gracefulness and beauty of the Greek culture and a journey back to the beginnings of our Western, European civilisation.
Writing and reading are the basis of our development as people. The recording of wisdom and knowledge enables the emergence of a historical memory. (Eckhardt Gillen in The Lost Letters)
Hannah desperately wants a horse of her own. Miraculously her wish comes true for Hanukkah, but Hannah cannot rejoice for very long as Golda, the horse, wreaks havoc in a hilarious unfolding of the Rosenbaum Family´s Hanukkah celebration.
Author Adriana Stern
was born in 1960 on the dutch border and has crossed borders in every way ever since.
She began writing at 12, ran away from home at 15, joined the squatters movement and lived in various projects in Berlin, Hamburg and Amsterdam. She is an author, social worker and circus pedagogue and teaches creative writing to children and young adults.
Stern writes novels, short stories, poetry, fables as well as essays to highly timely and political themes.
Her published works include: Jockels Schweigen, Hannah und die anderen, as well as: Und dann kam Sunny.
Publication date: August 2016
Price: 14,95 Euro
Ages: 12 and up
Lead by hope, thirteen-year-old Zippi has come to Germany from Azerbaidschan with her Family. Now, in the bleak refugee center just outside of Cologne, everything looks different than her parents had hoped for. For weeks her parents cannot find work and the family´s strong Jewish identity is questioned to the core by the local community who needs to pledge for their status. They are put to a hard test!
Then Zippi meets ten-year-old Saladin who has made his way from Syria through several countries with his older Brother Tarek. Zippi and Saladin become friends and with Zippis kid brother they explore the desolate surroundings of the refugee shelter. They come upon some very shady characters and uncover a dangerous scam. Suddenly, they are in existential danger, as well as all their new friends. A scrupoulous gang of criminals is profiting from the refugee families´ helplessness and threatens to send them back to their war-torn countries.
Together the youngster decide to stop the Bandits. This adventure requires all their courage and strong team work. Will the friends manage to keep all of them in Germany?
Author Gabriele Hannemann
is an English/German and Religion teacher. Since 2004 she teaches the Shoa to grades 4-10 in Schlesweig Holstein, Northern Germany She is founder and President of Yad Ruth e.V. in Hamburg which suports Holocaust-survivors in need in Eastern Europe and Israel.She was awarded the German Federal cross of Merit in 2003 for her commemoration work.
graduated Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem und works as illustrator. and animation artist. With her films she has participated in international Filmfestivals such as Annecy (France), Safo (Canada) und Anima Mundi (Brasil). She illustrates children´s books famous artists, such as Uri Orlev or Janusz Korczak. Inbal Leitner lives with her family in Pardes Channa, Israel.
Publication date: January 2016
Price: Euro 12,95
is an author and painter. She works with highly gifted children in elementary schools. And is founder of the Bezalel-Arts-Project, a special needs integrative workshop for youth and adults. She lives in North Germany.
Publication date: October 2015
Price: 14,99 Euro
Categorie: Young Adult, 10+
13 year-old Maja is not thrilled to spend her vacation with her parents visiting her mother´s Italian pen pal in Venice. But the boring trip quickly becomes an adventure when she accidentally travels into the 17th century with Raffael, the pen pal´s teenage son. There they meet Rachel Levy who lives under poor and dangerous circumstances. It is a time when the Lagoon city is a rich and powerful Sea-faring Nation. But Venice is also a place full of secrets and intrigues. Maja, Rachel and Rafael and their friends must proove that Rachel´s father is innocent and uncover a scheme that threatens to blow up Venice´s ships production and with it the security and the future of the Serenissima.
But how will they return to their home here and now?
Author Marina B. Neubert
grew up bilingually German/Russian. She was born in Moscow and lived in San Francisco where she received the “Award of Merit” for her work. She came to Berlin in the 1990s and in 1996 was awarded the Axel-Springer-Prize for her Radio-feature “Memories”. She works as author, literature critic and teaches creative writing.
Illustrator Lina Bodén
was born in Stockholm and received her BA in 2007 from Beckmans College of Design.
Publication date: Spring 2015
Price: Euro 12,99
Category: Young Adult, 10+
115 Pages, 3 Illustrations, 2 Photos
This unique book takes readers on a colorful, exciting, and entertaining trip through Israel in the Style of “Where´s Waldo”. We experience the lively street cafes and beaches in the bustling city of Tel Aviv and hike through the Galilee, Israel’s green region in the north. We see great diversity at the Jerusalem Market; we visit a Bedouin family in the Negev Desert; we dive with a mother and daughter on the Red Sea coral reefs in Eilat. Through the illustrations and short introductions on the first two pages of the book, the reader is introduced to individuals and small groups of people from all corners of the world. Then, with each turn of the page, one can follow their small adventures as they unfold.
This book opens the door for interactive exploration of Israel and its people. As a family, discuss the illustrations. What is familiar? What couldn’t be found where you live? Which people look most interesting to you? With whom might you like to be friends? If you could place yourself in one of this book’s scenes, where would you be?