The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah by Nora Raleigh BaskinOne of the blurbs called this a modern Are You There, God? Its Me, Margaret, but other than having a main character whos entering puberty and uncertain about her religious identity, theres not much that the two have in common. Baskins verision of twelve-going-on-thirteen doesnt have the news flashes that made Are You There, God? required reading for my generation so that we could find out everything the adults werent telling us about feminine hygeine. (Baskin mentions bras, but not periods.)
The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah is really about the main characters warm relationship with her grandmother and how she handles her grandmothers death. The description of grief is well done and realistic. The story just doesnt add up to much. While part of the story involves long-standing family grudges - lots of people arent talking to lots of people - as soon as the narrator finds out about them, they seem to evaporate. In the end, theres very little for the main character to do. This one is only for kids who appreciate character-driven stories and denouments that are all about a moment of realization.
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Thank you! When her Nana dies and bequeaths her a Jewish-star necklace, year-old Caroline enters a period of self-reflection with some confused ideas about what her Jewish identity signifies. Does Caroline need to have a Bat Mitzvah to be a Jew? Baskin poses some important questions for a child struggling to find her own religious path. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again. Be the first to discover new talent!
Sign up for our newsletters! For most children, cultural and religious identity is clear-cut; they are what their parents are. But for children of interreligious or multicultural families, it can be a bit confusing, especially if the backgrounds of the parents are seemingly at odds. Caroline's father is Christian and her mother is Jewish. In their home they observe both Christian and Jewish holidays but pay slightly more attention to the Christian ones. Caroline's best friend Rachel, who is Jewish, has spent the past year studying for her bat mitzvah. Caroline has been helping her plan the party that comes after the synagogue ritual.