Jacob and the Mandolin Adventure

  • Pages:232
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:Jewish orphans, Jewish music, Canadian history, Jewish refugees WWII
  • Available:03/23/2021
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:X

Thirteen-year-old Jacob’s life is hard in 1920s Poland, where he lives in an orphanage for Jewish children. His days are brightened by playing in the orphanage mandolin orchestra. When an American benefactor arrives with the promise of a new life in Canada at a farm school, Jacob and his friends are thrilled. But can they trust this man to keep his promises?

The children travel by train and by ship, facing illness and prejudice along the way. where a stowaway becomes dangerously sick. Jacob, who has become the orchestra’s star player, must overcome his fears and doubts to help his friends and to fulfill his dream to one day play at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City. Inspired by real events.

A well-told account based on a lesser-known story of Jewish immigration.
As a former teacher-librarian, Dublin knows her audience and it shows; her use of description and dialogue to build character and setting is sure to engage readers. ... Jacob is a character readers ought to meet.
– School Library Journal
"Dublin tells the tale in a colloquial style mid-level readers (ages 8-12) will enjoy."
– Winnipeg Free Press

"This unusu­al adven­ture tale is filled with action and sus­pense... This era, not often addressed in children’s lit­er­a­ture, has been exten­sive­ly researched by Dublin and her evoca­tive descrip­tions bring the sto­ry to life."

– Jewish Book Council