Grades 3 - 6. This beautiful story introduces readers to Nan, a chimney sweep in Victorian London, who learned her trade from a beloved man who left long ago. His parting gift, however, a piece of coal, grows into her newfound friend, a Golem. This tale mixes historical fiction and Jewish folklore for a riveting read for both children and adults. This novel speaks of love, friendship, and loss, and it will remain in the reader’s hearts long after the last page has been turned.
(Grades 5-8) Beginning with Lenny's childhood in Boston and ending with his triumphant conducting debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic when he was just twenty-five, readers are drawn into the energetic, passionate, challenging music-filled life of young Leonard Bernstein.