A young girl and her father join an archaeological dig at Modi-in, the home of the Maccabees, when Jodie makes an amazing discovery.
An Israeli girl wants to become an archaeologist like her father and has the opportunity to assist at a dig where Judah Maccabee fought against the Syrians. Braving darkness, spiders, and her own fear, Jodie volunteers to be lowered into a small underground cave where she discovers a literal piece of the past. However, aside from a brief reference to the brave leader featured in the Hanukkah story, there is nothing in this book to suggest that it belongs on the holiday shelf. It presupposes knowledge of Israel's archaeological significance and the origins of Hanukkah by focusing solely on the facts of the dig. Watercolor illustrations give a good sense of the Israeli landscape both above and below ground. A reasonable choice for career day, but not for general holiday collections.-Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
Meet the Author
Anna Levine is the author of Running on Eggs, a young adult novel which takes place in Israel and reflects her experience of living on a kibbutz in northern Israel on the border with Lebanon. Her short stories, poems and non-fiction have appeared in Spider, Cricket and Cicada magazines. She lives with her husband and two children in a suburb of Jerusalem.
Ksenia Topaz was born in Moscow and moved to Israel in 1991. A graduate of Moscow's Strogonoff Academy of Art, Ksenia comes from a family of artists and sculptors. She has illustrated more than 20 children's books.
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