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November 10 , 2007

Rivka's Way


Rivka has never been beyond the walls of Prague's Jewish quarter. One day she ventures outside . . and nothing will ever be the same. 

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Sometimes the word “love” doesn’t need to be spoken.A deaf man and a hearing woman fall in love. This is a story about reaching across distances, and the things we do to get through to each other. This is a short story, approximately 6,500 words. (15 pages)An earlier version of this short story was…

* Sydney Taylor Book Awards, Notable Book 2001. 
* Lilith Magazine's 5th Annual Selection of Books for Young Readers 
* Included in Great Books for Girls, by Kathleen Odean (Random House) 

"Kanefield weaves a suspenseful tale of friendship and love." Hadassah Magazine

"Rivka's Way captures the curiosity, compassion, and determination of a young girl struggling to find her place in the world." From the Babaganews Study Guide 

"The details of daily life are completely convincing, the foreign setting is made familiar, and Rivka's character rings true. A rewarding read for the romantically inclined." School Library Journal  

"A simple but daring adventure." Voice of Youth Advocates  

"This well-told tale will appeal to fans of both historical fiction and spunky female protagonists." Kliatt, Reviews of Selected Books 

"When Rivka befriends a man who is unjustly thrown into debtor's jail with no recourse, she is faced with a hard decision, to risk leaving the ghetto again or to abandon this man to a grim fate. Her choice creates an uproar and deeply changes Rivka's view of her world." Lilith Magazine 

"Readers will be pleased to find another character who shares Rivka's deep sense of justice." Booklist 

TERI WON THE 2015 JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD for a children's book that effectively promotes the cause of world peace and harmony between the races in the older reader's category for The Girl From The Tar Paper School.

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