Leanne Lieberman is not one to avoid hard subjects, even when writing for a younger audience. Her first Young Adult novel, Gravity, introduced a distinctly unorthodox Jewish teenager faced with the choice of denying her sexuality or losing her community. It was a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and made the 2009 Rainbow List. In 2010 she published The Book of Trees, a YA novel about the emotionally charged topic of Israeli/Palestinian relations. This year, she confronts the Holocaust head-on.
Lauren Yanofsky Hates the Holocaust is the story of a teenage girl whose father is a noted holocaust historian and whose family takes summer vacations at Holocaust memorials. As Lauren complains, “Some kids got Disney, I got Hitler.” But Lauren has to make some tough decisions when boys from her high school start playing Nazi games.
According to a review in the prestigious American Kirkus Reviews, “Lieberman, known for her edgy, provocative Jewish-themed novels,…creates another strong female protagonist, whose characterization of Judaism as a religion ‘about loss, grief and persecution’ will raise eyebrows with both Jewish and non-Jewish readers. A thought-provoking exploration of a teen’s evolving ideals.”
Leanne’s adult fiction has been published in Descant, The New Quarterly, Fireweed, The Antigonish Review, and Grain. She is currently working on a collection of linked short stories called Open Your Heart.
A graduate of Queen’s University and the University of Windsor, Leanne lives in Kingston with her husband and two sons and teaches at an elementary school in Westbrook, ON.