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After leading a group of Jewish refugees to Israel after World War II, sixteen-year-old Ruth joins the Haganah, the Jewish Army, and helps her people fight to keep the land granted to them by the United Nations.

After leading a group of Jewish refugees to Israel after World War II, sixteen-year-old Ruth joins the Haganah, the Jewish Army, and helps her people fight to keep the land granted to them by the United Nations.

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Overview

After leading a group of Jewish refugees to Israel after World War II, sixteen-year-old Ruth joins the Haganah, the Jewish Army, and helps her people fight to keep the land granted to them by the United Nations.

After leading a group of Jewish refugees to Israel after World War II, sixteen-year-old Ruth joins the Haganah, the Jewish Army, and helps her people fight to keep the land granted to them by the United Nations.

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VOYA - Marian Rafal
Ruth Mendelson, sixteen, has survived the horrors of Buchenwald, but now will she be able to survive the politically charged time surrounding the partition of Palestine into two separate lands? On her kibbutz, Ruth is in charge of the garden, tending to its growth as well as her own spiritual reawakening. When the garden is destroyed by British soldiers searching for illegal guns, Ruth agonizes over the future: "But I look at my garden and wonder if we will end up like that in the weeks and months to come-broken, crushed." While Ruth is a member of the more moderate Haganah, her brother Simon is active in the radical Irgun. The two Zionist organizations are at odds at how to achieve a lasting peace with the British and the Arabs. Tested in battle, Ruth discovers an inner strength. Although the future is still uncertain, for the first time in many years Ruth is at peace. Although this does not have the energy of the earlier book about Ruth, After the War (Simon & Schuster, 1996/VOYA August 1996), nor strong character development, it is still an interesting story of a young girl's search for peace and a place to belong after the horrors of the holocaust. This novel can stand on its own, but will be more meaningful if After the War is read first. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
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Gr 8 UpIn After the War (S & S, 1996), Matas related the story of a 15-year-old concentration camp survivor, Ruth Mendelson, and told of her journey from Poland to Palestine. The Garden is set in and around Kibbutz David, where Ruth now lives. It is November 1947, and the United Nations is preparing to vote on a plan to partition Palestine into Jewish and Arab lands. Ruth describes the difficulties the kibbutzniks face as British troops stand by and Arabs attack. She struggles with conflicting feelings about armed confrontation and longs for peace and security. Ruth is a courageous, sensitive young woman whose actions, ideas, and ideals are genuine and thought-provoking. Her first-person, present-tense narration is engrossing and unaffected. The other characters are well delineated, particularly Ruth's wisecracking boyfriend. The Garden is a riveting, relevant novel that raises tough questionsand provides no easy answers. It will be useful in units on war and conflict, but it's also a truly good read.Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
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  • ISBN-13: 9780689807237
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 7.02 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    I absolutley loved the the first book: After the War. I hope thi

    I absolutley loved the the first book: After the War. I hope this sequel is just as captivating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2002

    A new topic for me

    I loved this! I had not read anything on this topic before, but it was intersting! I would suggest it to anyone who likes historical fiction. There is a lot of action which keeps you hooked.

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