I love when authors have this ability to take an innocent child, put them in a complicated situation, yet allow them to keep their innocence throughout the experience. It makes a middle grade book great for kids, keeping things simple and pure, as emotions at that age level should be. Nora Raleigh Baskin has succeeded at this wonderfully, in a sweet middle grade book that mixes preteen emotions with the desire to understand more about one's past.
Though Caroline has always known she was Jewish, her parents have raised her in a rather non-religious home, not following the traditions of the Jewish faith or talking about the beliefs with Caroline. After her devoutly Jewish grandmother passes away, Caroline becomes interested in Judaism and what is means to be part of the Jewish faith, wondering if she can possibly be a true follower of the religion, even within a non-religious family.
A very nice book for middle graders, whether Jewish or not, Caroline exhibits real-to-life thoughts and emotions, appropriate for the age group the author is attempting to reach. The religious aspect is a main plot point, but sub-topics of friendship and crushes play a role as well. A good choice for libraries or as a gift.
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The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah
Nora Raleigh Baskin
Middle Grade Fiction