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Faraway Summer

Hurwitz, Johanna

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ISBN 10: 0688153348 / ISBN 13: 9780688153342
Published by Morrow/Avon, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1998
Condition: Very Good-SIGNED BY AUTHOR! Hardcover
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Shelf wear, including very small tear, to top of dust jacket. Nice, clean, tight copy. Signed by author: "For Helene, May you love Vermont, reading and life! Johanna Hurwitz 7/12/98" Also includes relevant newspaper article. Bookseller Inventory # 010139

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Bibliographic Details

Title: Faraway Summer

Publisher: Morrow/Avon, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Azarian, Mary (illustrator)

Book Condition:Very Good-SIGNED BY AUTHOR!

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Minus

Signed: Signed by Author!

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

Two weeks seems like forever to Dossi Rabinowitz, a poor Jewish orphan from New York City who is sent by the Fresh Air Fund to a small Vermont town during the summer of 1910. With her journal as her closest companion, Dossi reflects on her struggle to understand her Christian host family and their rural community-and learns about the wonders not only of fireflies and stars but also of new friends and forgiveness. Weaving engaging historical details with resonant themes, Johanna Hurwitz's richly textured new novel will be welcomed by her legions of fans.

01-02 Young Hoosier Book Award Masterlist (Gr 4-6)

About the Author:

Johanna Hurwitz is the author of over five dozen books for young readers. She is the recipient of many state awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, and the Garden State Children's Choice Award. She lives in Great Neck, NY, and Wilmington, VT.

Johanna Hurwitz always knew she wanted to be a writer. She started by telling stories to her brother, who is six years her junior, and she's been making up stories ever since. Born and raised in New York City, she earned her B.A. degree from Queens College and went on to receive a master's in library science from Columbia University. She embarked on a career as a children's librarian, but she never forgot that one day she wanted to write books, too.

She worked at the New York Public Library and in a variety of other public and school library positions. She also taught graduate courses in children's literature and storytelling at Queens College. When she and her husband, Uri--a college teacher and writer-and their children, Nomi and Beni, moved to Long Island, she continued her library work.

Although she had told original stories to her children, it was not until they were well along in school that Mrs. Hurwitz actually began to write down her stories. That's why, when children ask her how long it takes to write a book, she replies that her first, Busybody Nora, took her whole life.

But since then she has been writing with regularity, portraying with humor and sympathy the everyday incidents that are so important to children. She is particularly fond of seven- to nine-year-olds, because they are " so very open and get excited about small things," and she enjoys writing realistic fiction for and about them.

That these youngsters are equally fond of Mrs. Hurwitz's books is obvious. She has received many child-chosen state awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award, the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, the Garden State Children's Choice Award, the West Virginia Children's Book Award, and others.

In recent years, Johanna Hurwitz has crisscrossed the United States from Juneau, Alaska, to Jackson, Mississippi, and from San Diego, California, to St. Albans, Vermont. She has even spoken abroad, from Morocco to Mozambique and from Portugal to Nicaragua. On these trips she has met and spoken to schoolchildren, teachers, librarians, and parents. She has made many new friends and has often brought home new ideas for her next book.

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