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Yona Zeldis McDonough


Yona Zeldis McDonough

Yona Zeldis McDonough grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she had early dreams of becoming a ballerina, but she changed from this when she went to college. She attended Vassar College and studied literature, language, and art history. After realizing that the graduate program at Columbia University was not making her happy, she finished the year out and began freelance writing in every possible place, newspapers, book reviews, brochures, until she gained some traction and notability when she could publish works that she had began in her time at Columbia. Her books include THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS and IN DAHLIA’S WAKE---and her third novel, BREAKING THE BANK, will be out in September. She presently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and her two children and two small, yappy dogs.

Yona Zeldis McDonough

Books by Yona Zeldis McDonough

by Yona Zeldis McDonough - Children's, Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction, Historical Fiction, World History, Youth Fiction

Aiden is the son of a fisherman on the south coast of England, and he's feared the ocean since his oldest brother's ship was sunk by a German U-boat. But that doesn't matter when he and his best friend Sally hear chatter on their radio. Allied troops, including Aiden's surviving brother, are trapped in France, surrounded by German forces. The British military have come up with a daring plan to save as many troops as possible, bringing them across the Channel to safety --- but they'll need every boat they can get their hands on. Aiden's parents forbid him from going, but he and Sally know they can help, and set off to join Operation Dynamo on their own.

by Yona Zeldis McDonough - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Youth Fiction
Marcel loves riding his bicycle, whether he's racing through the streets of his small town in France or making bread deliveries for his parents' bakery. He dreams of someday competing in the Tour de France, the greatest bicycle race. But ever since Germany's occupation of France began two years ago, in 1940, the race has been canceled. Now there are soldiers everywhere, interrupting Marcel's rides with checkpoints and questioning.Then Marcel learns two big secrets and he realizes there are worse things about the war than a canceled race. 
by Yona Zeldis McDonough and Jennifer Thermes - Biography, Nonfiction, Youth Fiction

Many girls in elementary and middle school fall in love with the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What they don’t always realize is that Wilder’s books are autobiographical. This narrative biography describes more of the details of the young Laura’s real life as a young pioneer homesteading with her family on many adventurous journeys. This biography, complete with charming illustrations, points out the differences between the fictional series as well as the many similarities. It’s a fascinating story of a much-celebrated writer.

written by Yona Zeldis McDonough, illustrated by James Bennett and Lauren Mortimer - History

No one knows where the term Underground Railroad came from--there were no trains or tracks, only "conductors" who helped escaping slaves to freedom. Including real stories about "passengers" on the "Railroad," this book chronicles slaves' close calls with bounty hunters, exhausting struggles on the road, and what they sacrificed for freedom. With 80 black-and-white illustrations throughout and a sixteen-page black-and-white photo insert, the Underground Railroad comes alive!

by Yona Zeldis McDonough and Nancy Harrison - Biography, Children's Nonfiction, History

Born a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman experienced America’s racist brutality first-hand. She knew what it meant to be someone's property; she was whipped by owners and almost killed by an overseer. It was from other enslaved field hands that she first heard about the Underground Railroad, a series of dangerous paths and way stations which she travelled by herself north to Philadelphia. She spent much of the rest of her life risking recapture, punishment and worse to rescue as many other slaves as she could through the Railroad. Harriet Tubman’s courageous actions in the face of systemic oppression serve as a reminder to fight for justice and equality today.