Miri­am’s Secret

Deb­by Waldman
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By – January 12, 2018

Miri­am’s Secret by Deb­by Wald­man | Jew­ish Book Coun­cil

It’s the Great Depres­sion. Eleven-year-old Miri­am has lived her whole life in Brook­lyn. Vis­it­ing Bubbe and Zeyde’s farm should seem like a big adven­ture. But Miriam’s par­ents won’t be join­ing her until after Passover. What­ev­er will she do on the bor­ing farm until then?

Dur­ing the long days that slow­ly trudge by, Miri­am learns how to get eggs from the chick­ens, helps Bubbe make haman­taschen, and makes friends with the hired hands, many of whom arrive on the freight trains that thun­der by each day.

One day, as Miri­am plays with the barn kit­tens, she dis­cov­ers Cis­sy, the sis­ter of one of the hired hands, hid­ing in the barn. No one is sup­posed to know she’s there. But Miri­am is delight­ed to have some­one her own age to talk to. She brings Cis­sy food and the girls keep each oth­er com­pa­ny. But keep­ing this secret proves to be a dif­fi­cult task, and Miri­am is soon forced to choose between her new friend­ship and doing the right thing.

Miriam’s Secret is a fast-paced sto­ry that hooks the read­er right from the start. It’s the per­fect friend­ship tale for girls ages 8 to 12.

Mar­cia Ber­neger is a retired teacher who lives with her hus­band and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and sec­ond grade, as well as spe­cial edu­ca­tion. She cur­rent­ly teach­es Torah school, in addi­tion to her vol­un­teer work in class­rooms, libraries, and with var­i­ous fundrais­ers. She lives in San Diego.

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