Fall 2020

Beni's War

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 7   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

It’s Yom Kippur Eve in 1973, and twelve-year-old Beni thinks his biggest problem is settling in at his new school in the Golan, where his family moved at the end of the Six-Day War. But on Yom Kippur, shocking news comes over the radio: a stunning strike on Israel has begun, led by a coalition of Arab states. In the blink of an eye, Beni’s older brother Motti is off to war, leaving Beni behind with his mother and father.

As bombs drop around Beni and his family, they flee to safety, every day hoping for news of Motti and the developments of the war. Beni must find a way to aid the war effort in his own way, proving that he too can be a hero, even as he learns along the way that there is dignity in every person, including the people he considers the enemy.

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On pre-order until 11/01/2020
On pre-order until 11/01/2020
On pre-order until 11/01/2020
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Fiction
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 280
Publication Date 2020-11-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017090, JUV033020, JUV016080
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 680
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


AJL Newsletter

“Beni’s War depicts neither an idealized Israel nor a flawed country which needs to be apologized for. Instead, it faithfully paints life as lived in a country where war is never far away.” — Marjorie Gann, retired teacher; author of Five Thousand Years of Slavery, Toronto, Canada, AJL

Kirkus Reviews

“Readers coping with shattered contemporary realities will recognize themselves in a child’s fears and growing empathy.” — Kirkus Reviews

Author: Tammar Stein

Tammar Stein is the award-winning author of four young adult novels including Light Years, which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book of Jewish Content and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in English Literature. She has lived on three continents, in four countries and five states. She lives in Virginia with her family.