2023 Mock Sydney Taylor Book Awards: Candidate Reviews


  1. A Persian Passover by Etan Basseri
    review by Bridget Hodder
  2. Tía Fortuna's New Home by Ruth Behar
    review by Shirley Reva Vernick
  3. Big Dreams, Small Fish by Paula Cohen
    review by Sarah Aronson
  4. The Greatest Song of All by Megan Hoyt
    review by Shanna Silva
  5. Alone Together on Dan Street by Erica Cohen Lyons
    review by Arlene Schenker
  6. A Synagogue Just Like Home by Alice McGinty
    review by Cynthia Levinson
  7. The Very Best Sukkah by Shoshana Nambi
    review by Suzanne Grossman
  8. I Hate Borsch! by Yevgenia Nayberg
    review by Mirele Kessous
  9. The Tower of Life by Chana Stiefel
    review by Jeannette Brod
  10. Shoshi's Shabbat by Caryn Yacowitz
    review by Jacqueline Jules


  1. The Lost Ryū by Emi Watanabe Cohen
    review by Heidi Rabinowitz
  2. Honey and Me by Meira Drazin
    review by Jacqueline Jules
  3. Where You've Got To Be by Caroline Gertler
    review by Stacy Nockowitz
  4. The Book of Elsie by Joanne Levy
    review by Rachel J. Fremmer
  5. Wayward Creatures by Dayna Lorentz
    review by Shirley Reva Vernick
  6. Aviva vs the Dybbuk by Mari Lowe
    review by Leah Cypess
  7. Chunky Goes to Camp by Yehudi Mercado
    review by Rebecca Klempner
  8. The Two Wrong Halves of Ruby Taylor by Amanda Panitch
    review by Beth L. Gallego
  9. Black Bird, Blue Road by Sofiya Pasternack
    review by Judy Greenblatt
  10. Ellen Outside the Lines by A.J. Sass
    review by Stacy Nockowitz



  1. The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum
    review by Sarah Blattner
  2. When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb
    review by Beth L. Gallego
  3. Some Kind of Hate by Sarah Darer Littman
    review by Heather J. Matthews
  4. This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke
    review by Sarah Blattner
  5. Ballad & Dagger by Daniel José Older
    review by Aleah Gornbein
  6. From Dust, A Flame by Rebecca Podos
    review by Sarah Blattner
  7. Eight Nights of Flirting by Hannah Reynolds
    review by Evonne Marzouk
  8. The Ghosts of Rose Hill by R.M. Romero
    review by Evonne Marzouk
  9. See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon
    review by Ronda Einbinder
  10. Boys of the Beast by Monida Zepeda
    review by Heidi Rabinowitz


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