From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7 - Justine Silver, 11, has decided to give up being Jewish for Lent. Of course, this is a secret she keeps from her family, along with her regular confessions to her stuffed teddy bear, "Father Ted," who also administers the sacrament when she can sneak upstairs with grape juice and a few matzos. Mac, Justine's best friend at her new school, is Catholic, with straight blonde hair and a large exuberant family that's more fun then hers. And Justine's strange fascination with this "perfect" life and religion has her doubting her own faith, which people in her own family observe in very different ways. She explains to Mac and her family, "…being Jewish is all about suffering….People hate us, try to kill us, and don't want us to join their country club, while you guys get Christmas trees and Easter eggs." The exploration of faith is the central theme of this book, from Justine's illicit confessions in a Catholic church to the emotional shroud of her grandmother's death. Justine's world is deeply controlled by her guilt about her faithlessness, about how best to worship God, and her turmoil over pleasing her parents. But despite the seemingly profound context, the novel is injected with humor throughout and written with the voice of a contemporary adolescent. Readers can't help but laugh and cry with this winning protagonist. - Kimberly Monaghan, formerly at Vernon Area Public Library, IL
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About the Author
Sarah Littman writes an op-ed column for Greenwich Time.
This is her first novel.