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Sofiya Pasternack

Middle Grade, Versify, 202

In this historical fantasy novel from Sydney Taylor Honor winner and National Jewish Book Award finalist Sofiya Pasternack, Ziva will do anything to save her twin brother Pesah from his illness—even facing the Angel of Death himself.

Pesah has lived with leprosy for years, and the twins have spent most of that time working on a cure. Then Pesah has a vision: The Angel of Death will come for him on Rosh Hashanah, just one month away.


So Ziva takes her brother and runs away to find doctors who can cure him. But when they meet and accidentally free a half-demon boy, he suggests paying his debt by leading them to the fabled city of Luz, where no one ever dies—the one place Pesah will be safe.

They just need to run faster than The Angel of Death can fly...

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US: HMH/Versify


“Part fantasy, part adventure… a touching story about the lengths we go to save those we love. A magical tale, beautifully told.”  — Anne Blankman, National Jewish Book Award and Sydney Taylor Honor winning author of The Blackbird Girls

“A bit reminiscent of Madeleine L’Engle, a bit reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz, this story… will keep young readers breathless until its heart-rending conclusion.”  — Susan Lynn Meyer, Sydney Taylor Honor winning author of Black Radishes and Skating With the Statue of Liberty

“Unforgettable… Cleverly weaves mythology and Jewish traditions to highlight the incredible courage and resilience of family.” — Chris Baron, author of All of Me and The Magical Imperfect


"A gripping story of two siblings that will do everything they can to save each other… Brilliantly crafted, heartbreakingly beautiful."  — Ally Malinenko, author of Ghost Girl