Rivka at eight years old

“When you grow up — not soon enough for me, you funny child,” — Mitzi massaged her own brow — “you’ll be a lady, and you certainly won’t be swordfighting. Even with candles.”

“Yes, I will. I’m going to be a lady swordfighter.”

Baby Riv

Rivka was right. She grew to be a five foot eleven, dragon-riding warrior woman (with a Yiddish accent!) who roars her way through The Second Mango and Climbing the Date Palm, available from Prizm Books, and A Harvest of Ripe Figs, due out January 2015.

Illustration by Becca Schauer.

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Queer Jewish feminist author
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