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Under the Domim Tree

By: Gila Almagor

Historical Fiction

Can you imagine living in a youth village, with no parents telling you what to do all the time? Aviya, Yola, and Mira do, but it's not as easy as you might think...This is a powerful and emotional story about three girls who live together after World War II. It is a story of hope and friendship and the power of forgiveness.

Ages: 11+

176 pages

Simon & Schuster

Average Rating: (30 Ratings)

You like twists and turns? Then this is a MUST READ!
Submitted 12/5/2018 by booksbooksbooks8

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

this book is really sweet but kind of confusing...watch out; Mira is not who you may think she is!!

Great book! Should be at least ages 12+
Submitted 12/2/2018 by cutemanatee

I would read more books by this author.

This book taught me more about Israel.

This is a great book but uses some big vocab words 11 year olds might not understand. My family isn't that religious so there was a lot of Jewish history I didn't understand. Maybe if your family is more religious than mine you would understand more of the concepts. Hope this helps!

under the Domim tree!!!!!
Submitted 10/8/2018 by belovedlight

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

i really liked this book ! friendship is a very important thing. most people think that friendship is just when you love someone and are happy to be their friend. but sometimes friendship can be when you sorta do not like someone but you are there for them anyway. just like the main character in this book was at the court for Mira, to show her support

i hope you enjoyed this book!

bleh
Submitted 10/3/2018 by WhirlyGirly

This book was just OK

what kind of book is this?

Under the Domim Tree
Submitted 8/10/2018 by Reader2001

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME!!!!!! But if you do not like sad things, this is a terrible book for you. It takes place just after the Holocaust, and there is death. But it is REEEAAALLLYYYY GOOD so you should definitely read it!!!!!!!!

Story of post-Shoah life in a children's youth village
Submitted 8/6/2018 by luvstories

This book is deeply moving and rich in its story telling. It tells the story of orphaned, traumatized and bereft children who are brought to an Israeli youth village after surviving the Shoah. The story centers around Aviya (who is Gila Almagor) who has her own trials and tribulations and finds comfort and love under her beloved domim tree.

The best book I have ever read!!!!
Submitted 8/3/2018 by YehoshuaA

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I liked the book very much because of how long and dramatic it is. Another reason is the main character Aviya is in love and goes through a lot. She also must find out who her father is. In order to find out who he was Aviya has to convince her mother to tell her. I would recommend this book to people who like romantic books.

this book was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 7/20/2018 by RonenC

I loved this book!

This book taught me more about Israel.

I liked this book a lot! I liked this book because it gave me more information about Jewish history. I would recommend this book to others because they might be able to relate to the main character’s situation. Someone who likes to learn about history would like this book. Someone who supports the State of Israel also would enjoy this book. In this book I learned that after the Holocaust during World War II Jewish children were sent to youth villages all over Israel. Also, I learned that most of those villages had a Domim tree.

amazing
Submitted 7/9/2018 by princesswolffairy

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

this book had lots off twists and turns

Bad book
Submitted 7/5/2018 by 10232008

This book was just OK

I did not really like this book. This is the first time I ever rated something 2 ⭐️!

DISAPPOINTING BOOK!!! πŸ˜•
Submitted 7/4/2018 by PinkFluffyUnicorn

This book is sad and it gets you excited about something that doesn't even happen. I was disappointed because it took so long to get here and when I read it I was like seriously? πŸ˜•πŸ˜•

OK
Submitted 7/3/2018 by doglover6008

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about friendship.

It was ok. I thought it was more talk than I like and I dislike that she has SUPER BIG ISSUES which takes away from the story. 2/5

Ok book
Submitted 7/2/2018 by bloom324

This book was just OK

This book taught me more about Israel.

I had trouble figuring out what was happening in the story. This book talked about a lot of things at once and that was really confusing.

Awesome book!
Submitted 6/10/2018 by FelineFriend

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I thought this book was great! I learned a lot about Israel. It is a very interesting book about being different. The only thing I didn't like was that the plot was a little bit hard to follow. If you like meaningful books that make you think, pick this book. If you like easy to understand books, choose a different book.

Amazing πŸ¦„πŸ¦„
Submitted 6/7/2018 by pearlc

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book was amazing πŸ˜‰ I loved it I would read it over and over and you get it. I will say that it has some bad words in it but I still liked it ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️ πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„ πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

Meh.
Submitted 6/7/2018 by Pepperbird

This book was just OK

This book taught me more about Israel.

This book was very informational, but I think it was too historical and somewhat confusing at times. While you can tell that the author did their research, the characters were not very developed. I don't recommend this book unless you are doing a book report about life in Israel for children at the time.

good book-ish
Submitted 5/1/2018 by joyfulnoise

This book taught me more about Israel.

Good but disappointing. All i can say is that its very ish.

Submitted 4/29/2018 by babyAngel

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I wasn't a fan of the book, it felt like they put too much history into the book then there needed to be. Yes, a book about history is good, but it felt way too historical than a novel. I also feel the characters were not developed like I wanted them to be.

good book!
Submitted 4/18/2018 by MaddieBunny

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

I thought the book was really good, if i was the author there would be a few things i would change but i still thought it was good. the girl in the book lives in a youth village in Israel after world war 2. her father died and her mom is sick and then a mean girl moves into her cabin. why is she mean? well you have to read to find out.

LOVE IT
Submitted 3/1/2018 by Iawesome

Thumbs up!

Great book, sad thought

Sad, meaningful, and enjoyable
Submitted 11/1/2016 by super._hannah

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

A great yet sad read.

Amazing!!!!!!!!
Submitted 4/7/2016 by marissarae1215

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book is amazing! It is about a jewish girl who's dad died, and she is determined to find his grave. Meanwhile at the youth village she stays at a new girl arrives and she learns you can't judge a person you don't know.

Awesome!
Submitted 4/2/2016 by xiaomei

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

In this book everyone has to learn to rely on each other and support one another it is a great book and I recommend reading it.

Amazing and Entertaining!
Submitted 3/10/2016 by marissarae1215

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I loved this book because it shows the importance of family & friends. I also really enjoyed all the twists & turns in Under the Domim Tree. One last thing that made me love this book so much was that it shows you can't just judge a person you barely know. Those are some of the reasons I loved this book.

Great book!:)
Submitted 3/7/2016 by artstar

I liked this book.

Under the Domim Tree was REALLY good!
The story was great. There is a movie of this book and I definitely want to see it!
The book had a lot to do with friendship and the struggle to find your family. It was great!:)

THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!
Submitted 3/2/2016 by Camryn

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

under the domim tree is a fascinating story.

the story gets happy, sad, and a lot of different feelings. I actually felt transformed like I was in the book!

I never thought about what life was like after the Holocaust...
Submitted 3/1/2016 by bookworm_right_here

I loved this book!

It was really interesting to see how Israel rebuilt itself after the Holocaust. I learned so much about what life was like for those families that were ripped apart and about the first Kibbutzim. There were characters that you could feel for, and you got to experience what these kids were feeling right along with them. I totally recommend this book to whoever wants to read it. I think older audiences might like it more, but it's your choice.

Kind of good.
Submitted 1/14/2016 by GUMMYBEARS#3

It kind of changed in my point of view. It was really sad to me, but also pretty happy. Whenever books are like this, it just scares me, and makes me want to drop the book on the ground, and find a much more better book to read.

Great book!
Submitted 5/9/2015 by Spartan13

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I loved Under the Domim Tree. It reminded me that I cherish and love my family to the highest degree. It's an amazing book about a girl's life in a youth village after the Holocaust. It has everything a good book needs, a great story and a heart warming message.

I really enjoyed the drama in this book!
Submitted 4/1/2015 by Design Team

Max, from St. Louis, MO, Design Team

Under the Domim Tree takes place in 1953, Israel. The story is about three girls who have survived the Holocaust. Aviya, the main character, goes to see her mother where some major drama takes place. Yola, one of the girls, has found out that a member of her family is still alive in Poland. And Mira is haunted by people she doesn't want to remember. Find out how these three girls lives come together and how they connect Under the Domim tree.

I enjoyed reading this book because there were a lot of twists and turns. I couldn't stop reading, I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy drama and suspense.

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Gila Almagor

Author of Under the Domim Tree

“I love doing my work and wherever it takes me, I go.”

Gila Almagor is an Israeli actress, film star, and author who is known as “the queen of Israeli cinema and theatre.”

When she is not writing or acting, Gila helps run the Gila Almagor Wishes Foundation, an organization that helps children with incurable illnesses.

In many ways, the character of Aviya in Under the Domim Tree is modeled after Gila herself. Gila’s father was killed before she was born and her mother, who lost a lot of family during the Holocaust, became too ill to care for her, so Gila went to live in an Israeli Youth Village.

Did you know that when Gila became an actress she changed her name? Her real name is actually Gila Alexandrovich!

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