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The Secret of Carlos Romanus – A Fun to Read Book

Published Date: March 1, 2018

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Chana Min-Hahar
5.5 x 8.5



The Secret of Carlos Romanus is filled with plot twists and adventure that will keep young readers turning pages.  Once again, Hachai Publishing makes Jewish history Fun-to-Read!

Moshe Levi is full of hope and excitement as he sets sail from Amsterdam on his very first business trip.  His father is gone, and it’s up to this hardworking boy to support his mother and his two younger siblings.  When Moshe unexpectedly finds himself in Spain, a country in which Jews must pretend to be like everyone else, the young boy must rely on his wits and his bravery.  Will he find a Pesach Seder in this dangerous place?  Is the wealthiest landowner in town, Carlos Romanus, a friend or an enemy… and will Moshe discover his secret?

Historical Fiction based in Amsterdam / Spain 1650


About the Fun-to-Read Series:

Once children can read on their own, they need short chapter books that have bright, clear letters, well-placed illustrations, and lot of excitement!  Fun-to-Read Books are packed with historical adventure, humor, and all the positive midos and mitzvos that discriminating parents and teachers have come to expect from Hachai Publishing.


The Secret of Carlos Romanus

Written by Esther Kosofsky illustrated by Chana Min Hahar

ISBN: 978-1-945560-08-8 / LCCN: 2017961171

Softcover 160 pages / Ages 7-10 / List Price $12.95

Publication Date; March 2018

Author Information

About the Author:


Esther (Edelman) Kosofsky is a native of Western MA and is a graduate of Beth Rivkah High School and Teachers Seminary in Brooklyn, NY. Esther, a lifelong Chabad emissary in Western Massachusetts, was a teacher for over fifteen years at Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy and now holds a position in the school’s administration. She is the past director of the Resource Center for Jewish Education, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Esther is an experienced public speaker, writer for, and adult educator. She is co-director of Chabad Women’s Circle in Western MA and gives weekly classes for women.  


The Secret of Carlos Romanus is based upon a story her father told when the author and her siblings were young, sitting together around the Passover table. It is her first published book. Esther and her husband, Rabbi Noach Kosofsky, are the proud parents of nine children and are very much enjoying being grandparents.

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