The Circlemaker by Maxine Rose Schur
Illustrator: Polina Solomodenko
“Only the closed circle, Mendel, has power, because the closed circle can keep us whole.”
When Mendel’s father imparts these words to him, the boy does not at first grasp their full meaning. But he will in the months to come. For the czar’s soldiers are riding into villages throughout the Ukraine and seizing Jewish boys for the military. Mendel knows that he too may be taken, but his father’s words enable him to make choices that will alter his life forever.
Year first published: 2023