Booksellers "Pick of the Lists"
1996-97 Mark Twain Award nominee
Winner of the 1994 Louis B. Dessauer Award
Winner of the Society of Children's Book Writers Work-in-Progress
"Atmospheric and suspenseful...
maintaining an edge-of-the-seat tension until the very last
words." Publishers Weekly ( starred
"The genuinely evoked setting
and the plucky boy's narrow escapes compel attention." Kirkus Review (Pointer)
"Combines fast-paced adventure
with a compelling sense of history." Booklist (Focus Review)
"Taut and tender... pages seem
to turn themselves." San Francisco Examiner
"A gripping children's novel.
Schur beautifully recreates long-ago times with small details." The Contra Costa Times
"In this deftly
told action packed story, Mendel faces many dangers and conflicts,
including his own fears and a choice about doing what is right. Mendel
is a believable character in an exciting book that vividly brings to
life a terrible time in history for Russian Jews. The Circlemaker is an
excellent choice for middle school students. An outstanding selection
for reading aloud to classes, particularly in grades five through
seven." Bonnie O. Ericson, The ALAN Review, Winter 1995