​ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN, ON BLACKBERRY HILL win National Jewish Book Awards

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The Jewish Book Council announced the winners of the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards, now in its sixty-sixth year. Two YA books won awards: Anna and the Swallow Man and On Blackberry Hill.

Gavriel Savit’s Anna and the Swallow Man won the Goldberg Prize for best debut fiction. In Kraków, 1939, Anna Łania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father. A million soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This is no place to grow up. And then Anna meets the Swallow Man.

Rachel Mann’s On Blackberry Hill won the Posner Award for best young adult fiction. Reena works on her survival skills and hunts for clues of the mother she never knew at a Jewish sleepaway camp as, twenty years earlier, Naomi stands on a dock in the middle of the lake, dreaming of something more than finding a man and settling down.

Jewish Book Council is a not-for-profit dedicated to promoting Jewish interest literature. The National Jewish Book Award was established by the Jewish Book Council in 1950 in order to recognize outstanding works of Jewish literature. The winners of the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards will be honored on March 7 at a gala awards dinner and ceremony to be held at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan.

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