Sunday, December 21, 2014
My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman
This is not deep book meant to leave the reader emotional, but it is good at what it does. There are very few books dealing with Judaism - or really with any religion at all - so it's great that Tara's faith is such a big part of this one. And what's more, her religion is not the sole point of the book hitting the reader over the head. It is nicely woven in as just another part of Tara's life as she struggles to integrate all the things that are confusing her right now. The relationship with Ben-O also rings true for middle school.