SOMEDAY WE WILL FLY wins the National Jewish Book Award

We’re so pleased to share that Rachel DeWoskin’s Someday We Will Fly has won the National Jewish Book Award for Young Adult Literature.

The National Jewish Book Award is the longest-running and most prestigious of its kind—past notable winners include Philip Roth, Elie Wiesel, Jonathan Safran Foer, Alice Hoffman, and many others, and we’re thrilled that Rachel DeWoskin is joining their esteemed ranks.

In the Jewish Book Council’s write-up of the novel, they say:

In Rachel DeWoskin’s deep and har­row­ing nov­el, her char­ac­ters lives are more than just metaphors for the pre­car­i­ous­ness of Jew­ish exis­tence. This is an explo­ration of Jew­ish refugees who found shel­ter, of a kind, in Shang­hai dur­ing the War. The sense of life as a chaot­ic per­for­mance, its actors robbed of auton­o­my, may seem an obvi­ous struc­ture to impose on this time in his­to­ry. Yet DeWoskin’s philo­soph­i­cal­ly search­ing nar­ra­tive com­plete­ly avoids sim­ple par­al­lels or com­fort­ing redemp­tion. Some­day We Will Fly is a bril­liant­ly realized human dra­ma, its threat­ened pro­tag­o­nists respond­ing to their impris­oned lives with both des­per­ate con­tor­tions and unbe­liev­able grace. 

You can read the full write-up here and the full list of winners here. The awards ceremony will be held in March.

In other news, SOMEDAY WE WILL FLY was included on ALA Midwinter’s 2020 Notable Children’s Books Discussion List.