Tucson Jo

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2014 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FINALIST. For Middle Grades and up (age 9 plus). Feisty 14-year-old Josephine Fiedler is reluctant to support her father’s bid for mayor of Tucson in 1882. When trouble erupts and her father’s opponent attacks him for being an Israelite, Jo has to reconsider her position and even what it means to be a Jew. More
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About Carol Matas

An internationally best-selling author of over 45 books for children and young adults, Carol Matas writes in all genres, from historical fiction to fantasy, science fiction to contemporary.

Carol’s books have been published all over the world in more than fifteen languages, garnering over a hundred awards and nominations. Tucson Jo, an historical novel for middle grades set in the Wild West, was a 2014 National Jewish Book Awards Finalist. Her other awards include a 2014 Sydney Taylor Honor Book Selection, a 2014 Canadian Jewish Book Award, the inaugural Silver Birch Award, the Geoffrey Bilsen Award for Historical Fiction for Young Readers, a New York Times Notable Book Award, as well as two nominations for Canada's prestigious Governor General’s Award.

Carol lives in Winnipeg, Canada, with her husband Per K. Brask, a translator, poet and author.

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Elle Maxwell reviewed on Dec. 18, 2014


Rich in historical details, this wonderful novel delivers a fast-paced story sure to appeal to teens who love to transport themselves to a time long ago in a place far away. The characters are so perfectly drawn that readers will find it easy to climb inside their skins. To their amazement, they will discover that people haven't changed much in the last hundred and thirty years.

Young people who are wondering how to overcome issues they are having with their parents may find much insight and comfort in Josephine's and Connie's methods of dealing with their own family problems. The challenges of youth and the wisdom of age are beautifully handled in this exciting story, which is sure to become a favorite of many young readers. I hope it will find its way beneath many Christmas trees and onto countless library shelves, because it deserves to be celebrated and enjoyed.

Elle Maxwell
Author of 24-Carat Murder
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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