Natan Sharansky

Freedom Fighter for Soviet Jews

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 5   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

This graphic novel biography is the story of Soviet Jewry “refusenik” and human rights activist Anatoly “Natan” Sharansky. Born in 1948 to a Jewish family in Ukraine, at that time part of the Soviet Union, he was arrested as a young man and later imprisoned for wanting to leave the Soviet Union and go to Israel. His struggle became the struggle of all Soviet Jews who wished to leave. With the help of his wife, many Jewish activists, and world leaders, he eventually succeeded in immigrating to Israel, paving the way for the release of other Soviet Jews who wished to live in freedom.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction, Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2021-05-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF062010, JNF025070, JNF049110
Dewey 741.5/973
Dimensions 7 x 10
Lexile 700
Features Afterword, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Original artwork, and Reviewed


Jewish Book Council

“The graph­ic nov­el for­mat makes it ful­ly acces­si­ble to young read­ers and gives the sto­ry the urgency it demands.”— Leslie Kimmelman, Jewish Book Council

Kirkus Reviews

“This biography sometimes feels like a great song, so sad it can leave you joyous.” Kirkus Reviews

AJL Newsletter

“This is an excellent recounting of a struggle which was won against all odds.” — Rachel Glasser, AJL Newsletter, retired librarian, Yavneh Academy, Teaneck, NJ

Author: Blake Hoena

Blake Hoena has written more than one hundred books for children, including an original graphic novel series, Eek & Ack, and graphic novel retellings of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Peter Pan. Blake lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, two dogs, two cats, and hundreds of comics.

Illustrator: Daniele Dickmann

Daniele Dickmann is a freelance artist with experience in advertising, movie production, and book illustration. He loves to draw historical stories because they give him a chance to study the personality of the past. Daniele lives and works in Rome, Italy.