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Shlemiel Crooks Named Koret International Jewish Book Award Finalist

The Koret International Jewish Book Awards today named Shlemiel Crooks as one of three finalists in the BabagaNewz Children’s Literature category. Shlemiel Crooks, a whimsical Yiddish-inflected retelling of the Passover story, set in 1919 St. Louis, also received the Association of Jewish Libraries 2006 Sydney Taylor Honor Award earlier this year.

The winners of the Koret International Jewish Book Awards will be announced on November 15 at a ceremony at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, at 7 pm. The program is open to the public. For complimentary tickets to the Nov. 15 awards ceremony in San Francisco, contact the JCCSF box office at (415) 292-1233 or email A celebration of the Koret International Jewish Book Award winners is also scheduled at New York City’s 92nd Street Y on November 21.

“This year’s finalists have helped shape some of the most thought-provoking Jewish ideas and values, advancing the international Jewish dialogue,” said book awards chairman and JFL founder Yosef I. Abramowitz.

Shlemiel Crooks is available directly from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite local or online book retailer.

Congratulations to Shlemiel Crooks author Anna Olswanger and illustrator Paula Koz, and to all the Koret International Book Award finalists.