As a noted playwright, author, lyricist, and a television Emmy Award winner, Eileen often speaks to audiences around the country at schools, libraries, conferences, museums, and symposiums. Throughout the years her programs have included book reviews for Seniors, key note speeches for professional writers and librarians, dramatic workshops for teens, and storytelling for young readers. Details available upon request.
THE ODD POTATO
Award winning children’s author, Eileen Bluestone Sherman, began her book writing career with the now classic Hanukkah tale, THE ODD POTATO, originally published by Kar-Ben Copies. Years later, she created with her son, Joshua, a special edition called THE ODD POTATO COLORING BOOK that includes the original story and delightful illustrations children can color.
MONDAY IN ODESSA
MONDAY IN ODESSA, a thrilling adventure story inspired by a real life young heroine, tells the story of a twelve year-old girl’s perilous flight from the Soviet Union in the 1970’s. This YA novel received the NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD.
STAGE PLAY VERSION AVAILABLE
Adapted for Chicago television, a stage version is now available for school and community theatre groups. Details available upon request.
THE VIOLIN PLAYERS
THE VIOLIN PLAYERS examines racial and religious prejudice in a contemporary Midwest high school and the consequences of a young girl’s silence in the face of bigotry. The VIOLIN PLAYERS was a THORPE MENN HONORABLE MENTION selection.
STAGE MUSICAL VERSION AVAILABLE
A musical adaptation of the story is available for school and teen theatre groups. Details available upon request.
INDEPENDENCE AVENUE, set in 1907, explores the unforgettable journey of young Elias Cherry, a fourteen year old, who travels to America via the historic Galveston Movement and arrives in Kansas City, almost penniless, alone and not knowing a word of English. The International Reading Association honored the book with a TEACHERS' CHOICE AWARD and the Kansas City Public Library included the title on its Community Bookshelf, (nationally acclaimed public art), located at Baltimore and Tenth.
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"The story of THE ODD POTATO is routed in the challenges of life and finds its resolution and strength in the indefatigable resilience of the human spirit."
HER LIFE MAGAZINE
"Sherman's novel, based on a true story, is a moving tale of courage in the face of prejudice. Characters are strongly developed and grow with the circumstances. Marina, in particular, is believable and likeable and her ambivalent feelings are deeply portrayed.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Their teachers and I were impressed with how your talk reinforced so many concepts we have been teaching the students…..We feel very fortunate that your Indianapolis visit gave us the opportunity to learn more about you and your books.
THE HASTEN HEBREW ACADEMY
"INDEPENDENCE AVENUE is a charming, somewhat bittersweet tale that captures the immigrant experience for adolescent and young-adult readers with poise, humor, and feeling."
THE KANSAS CITY STAR
" Top fiddle"
THE KANSAS CITY
"Congratulations on being a finalist for the Thorpe Menn Award! In the VIOLIN PLAYERS, you have ably described the effects of stereotyping and discrimination on young adults. In addition you captured the emotions and life experiences of teenagers …..Thank you for this contribution to young adult literature."
THORPE MENN COMMITTEE