No Vacancy


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$16.95  $15.76
Groundwood Books
Publish Date
4.9 X 7.6 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

TZIPORAH (TZIPPY) COHEN was born and raised in New York and spent eighteen years in Boston before landing in Canada, where she now lives with her family. Many years after graduating from Harvard Medical School, she received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She now splits her time between writing and working as an oncology/palliative care psychiatrist.

Tzippy's debut middle-grade novel No Vacancy won the Jean Little First-Novel Award and was a Sydney Taylor Award honor and a National Jewish Book Award finalist.


With effortless mastery, Cohen weaves the opposing forces of innocence and corruption, right and wrong, love and hate. STARRED REVIEW

-- "Quill & Quire"

Debut author Cohen displays a knack for storytelling that makes this a thoughtful, engrossing, funny read.

-- "Booklist"

A leisurely paced, character-rich tale of family, religious faith, and the human need for the miraculous. Strongly recommended for middle grade collections.

-- "School Library Journal"

This summer-in-a-small-town novel, with a mischief-based premise and an old-fashioned feel, includes plenty of exploration of how Miriam and her family fit into the larger community.

-- "Horn Book"

Miriam is a delight, both sarcastic and complex. ... sensitive plot layers portray differences between types of Judaism, showing how people of different faiths, languages, ages, and backgrounds can have respectful and close relationships.

-- "Foreword Reviews"

It's the connections between the characters that really made this story come alive.

-- "CM Review of Materials"

[A] simple story filled with memorable and sympathetic characters

-- "Canadian Children's Book News"

Filled with thoughtful, masterful writing, No Vacancy offers readers a wonderful cast of characters, a chance to consider what is right or wrong, to look at differences with tender care and concern, and to look at racism as it exists in society.

-- "Sal's Fiction Addiction Blog"

Miriam is an intelligent pre-teen with lots of worthy questions [and] the prose is easy to read.

-- "Association of Jewish Libraries"