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David and Max

By Gail Provost Stockwell (author), Gary Provost (author)

A 2007 Skipping Stones Honor Award title in the category of Multicultural & International Awareness Books

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"A good book for all children ... to gain more understanding of the Holocaust and how it affected their grandparents' generation,"
- Philadelphia Inquirer

"Intriguing ... humorous and lively..."
- ALA Booklist


"This beautiful book, originally published in 1988, has been newly updated and revised. None of the compelling style of the original edition has been lost... This book is replete with wonderful values of friendship and family and honesty."
- Jewish Book World


"David and Max sets a new standard for young fiction. A charming and funny story of a grandfather and grandson woven deftly around a deeper and darker tale ... sensitive, honest, and all the more powerful for its brave simplicity. This book is a treasure for any middle grade...English, social studies or civics classes. Its treatment of poignant and topical issues such as homelessness, divorce, and especially the Holocaust is unparalleled in its age group."
- Mary R. Motew, Adjunct Professor, Worcester State College
Worcester, MA


Twelve-year-old David takes his basketball along on summer vacation, hoping to find a court and some friends at the beach community. Whatever happens, he knows that he can count on Max, his grandfather, for good times and lots of laughs. He finds much more.

Unexpectedly, David and Max, along with David's new friend Candy, become caught up in a search for a man Max thought had died in the Holocaust. Slowly, David learns about Max's terrible years during World War II, information that Max had never intended to tell. As he comes to terms with Max's horrific memories, David grows to understand more about the meaning of honesty--and about himself.

Visit the authors' website for more about David and Max and related information on Holocaust studies and resources for children.

About Gail Provost Stockwell

Gail Provost Stockwell is the National Jewish Book Award and 2007 Skipping Stones Honor Award winning author of David and Max. Her speech topics include “David and Max: The Back Story,” “The Story Circle: C’ing your Way from Beginning to End” or “Good-Bye Comfort Zone, Hello Change” (both about the craft of writing a novel), “Teach to Read with David and Max” (with TTR Christian author Jacalyn S. Nosek, designed for interfaith discussion for educators & youth leaders), “Introducing Holocaust Studies to Middle-School Children," and “The Fairy Tale Lady: An Artistic Encounter in Fairyland” (for grades 1-3).

Willing to Travel, Honorarium Negotiable

About Gary Provost

Gail Provost Stockwell and her late husband, Gary Provost, are the authors of three award-winning novels for children, including Good If It Goes, a winner of the National Jewish Book Award. They created and have taught at nationwide writing seminars and founded the Writers Retreat Workshop.