Captivating Stories of Jewish American Teens

By Grace Menary-Winefield

Favorite stories of Jewish American teens, from romance to fantasy and coming-of-age.

  • The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen

    2022 by Blum, Isaac

    Moving with his Orthodox-Jewish community to the quiet town of Tregaron is hard enough, but when Hoodie falls for the daughter of the mayor--definitely not Jewish--his life becomes even more difficult. And when a tragedy shakes the town's foundations, Hoodie finds himself torn between his first love and the only world he's ever known.

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  • Eight Nights of Flirting

    2022 by Reynolds, Hannah

    Shira is determined to have a boyfriend this Hanukkah. If only she knew that the only way to get one is to make a deal with her nemesis (and former crush)! When things don't go as planned, she must learn to trust her heart.

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  • Cool for the Summer

    2021 by Adler, Dahlia

    A queer romantic comedy about 17-year-old Lara's dream of catching her crush's eye finally coming true, only to have a past summer fling reenter her life.

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  • It's a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories


    Celebrate the diversity of Jewish teens with this inclusive and empowering anthology. They are anything but a monolith; in fact, they are queer, and disabled, and creative, and political, and adventurous, and anything they want to be.

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  • The Prince of Steel Pier

    2022 by Nockowitz, Stacy

    Joey Goodman is spending the summer at his grandparents' struggling hotel in Atlantic City. When his Skee-Ball skills land him an unusual job offer from a local mobster, life gets a bit more interesting! But will his new group of friends land him in hot water?

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  • How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less

    2010 by Glidden, Sarah

    Glidden, a progressive American Jew, goes on her teen 'birthright' trip to Israel. This graphic memoir tells the touching and often funny story of how her understanding of the country's conflicts gets murky, mixed, and often lost in the nuance and complexities.

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  • Color Me In

    2019 by Diaz, Natasha

    Fifteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz is constantly jumping between two worlds. She passes for white while living in Harlem and is called Jewish while attending her mother's Baptist church. This tender and complex coming-of-age story explores finding confidence in yourself and embracing dualities and nuances.

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  • Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero

    2021 by Lockhart, E.

    In this DC graphic novel, Willow is struggling to afford her mom's medical bills when real estate tycoon E. Nigma offers her a glamorous job in his popular poker enterprises. But when her super powers are awoken, she realizes just how corrupt Gotham City is and fights back against the criminals endangering her community.

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  • From Dust, a Flame

    2022 by Podos, Rebecca

    On her 17th birthday, Hannah discovers her family is cursed. Now, Hannah and her brother must uncover their family legacy before its too late. This fantasy novel is wrapped in mysticism and Jewish legend, with rich historical detail and quirky characters.

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