by Amy Ariel
On-sale: March 2011
Formats: Paperback | ebook
Summary: Two Jewish girls become friends across time when modern-day Hannah suddenly appears in her own Saint Paul yard . . . in 1912. Thirteen-year-old Abigail tells the story of that amazing day and the encounter that changed both their lives forever. Against the backdrop of the Progressive Era, as youth joined with adults and hotly debated women’s right to vote, worker’s rights, and racial equality, Abigail and Hannah must solve their own problem: how will Hannah get back to her own time?
ISBN: 9781592871124; On Sale: 03/2011; Format: Paperback; Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5; Pages: 156; $8.95; Ages: 8-12; BISAC1: JUV016150; BISAC2: JUV033020
Amy Ariel, an attorney and educator, has worked with Jewish youth for many years and earned her B.A. in history from Grinnell College. Born in rural Missouri, she spent her adolescence in Saint Louis and currently resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. You can visit Amy on Facebook.
“In Friends Forever, Amy Ariel demonstrates a keen sense of how a midwestern Jewish girl might have experienced the social, cultural, and political transformations of the early twentieth century. Ariel does a commendable job of animating her story with historical details.”
Assistant Professor, History Department
University of Delaware
Amy Ariel’s debut novel, Friends Forever, charmingly conveys the friendship of modern-day Hannah and turn-of-the-century Abigail, tween girls growing up in the same house a century apart. Time travel bestows a bit of magic to the tale, while history—women’s suffrage, civil rights, the sinking of the Titanic and more—is shared honestly through the voice of the narrator, Abigail, whose sparkling imagination and delightful chattiness will remind readers of Anne Shirley, the much-beloved heroine of Anne of Green Gables. Share this enchanting book with your favorite tween or teenager.