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A "four matzah-ball" read! As nourishing as a bowl of chicken soup, Evelyn Krieger's debut novel about one Orthodox girl's faith, family and friendships will warm your heart and soul. Ultimately, One Is Not A Lonely Number makes for good company--and adds up to a satisfying read. -- Melissa Schorr, author of Goy Crazy

A highly engaging, enjoyable read. Krieger offers a realistic look at Orthodox Jewish life, and she has created a charming protagonist in Talia Schumacher. This book should attract readers from within the Orthodox world and far beyond: it's accessible to outsiders, and insiders will recognize aspects of their lives that rarely appear in fiction. --Stephanie Wellen Levine, Author of Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey Among Hasidic Girls

Talia is a young teenage girl who cares about things that really matter (friends, family... and math!) and who is also funny, insightful, and very real. Readers of all backgrounds will relate to Talia's struggles to understand others and ultimately to appreciate her own uniqueness. --Yael Resnick, Publisher, Natural Jewish Parenting

One is Not a Lonely Number provides an authentic voice for Torah-observant teens. Characters that jump off the page and believable conflict and plot made this an enjoyable read. While Orthodox readers will appreciate the absence of groaners, the book is still accessible to those with less inside-knowledge. I particularly enjoyed the protagonist's synesthesia and math-obsession! -- Leah-Perl Shollar, writer

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I'm Talia Schumacher and I'm a `one and only'. It's not easy being an only child in a community where all my friends come from big families. You'd think I'd get some peace and quiet, but my parents think our house is a hotel, and it's always full of guests. I never know who I'll bump into in the kitchen. All too often I'm bumping into Gabrielle, a twenty-three-year-old, soul-searching ballet dancer. I'd love to know what she's doing here, when she's leaving, and what her secret is. And I'm starting to wonder... is one a lonely number?

Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: YM Books (June 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984162429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984162420
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book 'one is not a lonely number' is a novel aimed at Jewish tweens/teens, and succeeds brilliantly at that. My daughter is ten years old and relatively sheltered. She loves to read and has access to secular books through our local library, but as she gets older, I worry about the inappropriate content that seems to be the norm in books aimed at tweenage girls. Being able to buy a book from a trusted publisher like Yaldah Media is a breath of fresh air.

My daughter, an only child herself, relates to the main character in 'one is not a lonely number', and enjoys getting a peak into the lives of Talia and her friends. The girls are friendly, authentic, (I know, I'm a high school teacher!) and normal, dealing with a wide array of issues in their daily lives.

I love the way this book is not afraid to deal with issues like loss, mental disability, adoption, being and feeling different in a community that values sameness - not to mention synesthesia! The unusual and original characters - an only child, a Jewish girl adopted from China, a ballerina, an art teacher - are a welcome relief from the cookie cutter, goody-goody characters too often presented in mainstream Jewish literature. The story has an interesting mix of characters and situations that make for a great story.

'one is not a lonely number' is an original debut from Evelyn Krieger and Yaldah Media, and I am looking forward to more books from both the author and the publisher.

This book truly deserves five stars, but I have to give it four and a half stars. 'one is not a lonely number' is a thick book, and seems to be available only in paperback. The cover does not feel very sturdy, (it is already curling up), and does not look like it will last a long time.
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Hi. I'm 14 years old, so I think I'm very well suited to write a review for this book, which after all is aimed for girls my age. I'd have to say that some parts in this book are a little forced-the girls don't talk like actual girls all the time. I can't imagine my friends or myself talking or acting the way some of them do. Overall the plot and the themes were excellent however. I liked the odd but fun character Gabrielle, who added a twist to the story. I thought that Talia was a little lame when it came to being an only child. Being an only child might be lonely but I think it was exaggerated. However I think I would have been upset also if so many guests were invited every week. Although I hate math, I appreciated Talia's aptitude for it. It gives her a unique trait. Most Jewish books aimed for Jewish girls don't possess unique characters. I give this book four stars.
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I highly recommend this charming book for teens and adults. The synopsis: Talia shares her thoughts about being an only-child in a small New England Jewish community. Her gracious parents love to invite people to their home, especially those who are traveling, in need of some friendship, and could use a warm meal and company. Talia develops a tepid relationship with one strange guest, Gabrielle. Gabrielle is a ballet dancer in her young 20's. She's about 10 years older than Talia, and is trying to find her place in the world. She intrigues Talia, and perhaps can enlighten her to see the world in a different way -- if Talia becomes receptive to discovery. Talia is a well-put-together, smart, responsible, math-wiz who thinks she has life all figured out. Whereas Gabrielle is an loud artist with a funky style and is a lost-soul searching for inner truths. The story takes you through Talia's struggles with herself, her friends, and family in dealing with this stranger and her strange approach to life.

What I enjoyed most about this story was watching how the conflict unfolded with no one playing the role of a negative antagonist. Talia enjoys a close circle of friends and struggles with classmates with whom she doesn't get along. But no one person is bad, per se. We find that even Hannah, the most difficult person to like, is not a bad kid, but one who frequently mis-reads situations and doesn't always know how to act. Moreover, looking at each character, you quickly discover their flaws too; and yet, you still really like them. In contrast to typical children stories where the "good-guys" are nearly perfect, and "bad-guys" are the incarnation of evil.
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I bought this book for my daughter, a homeschooled 7 year old who just tears through novels. She enjoys works like Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prarie, but while we enjoy the quality of the literature, she cannot relate personally to these characters. There is little literature written about girls she can relate to, specifically Orthodox Jewish girls growing up in America today. She often reads historical Jewish novels, but too many of the works on modern Jewish girls are just a little too vapid for me to want her reading. She is an avid reader of Yaldah Magazine, the semi-annual publication produced by Leah Larson (the publisher of this book), so I purchased this book figuring it would be a good fit for her.

As with most books, I pre-read it so I could be ready for conversation and to answer questions for her. Overall, it is a enjoyable novel with some good themes for a girl of the target age. My daughter is not done with the book yet, but she is already enthralled by the book and very excited to be reading it. She takes every moment she can to advance to the next chapter, and has already started discussing the various characters and situations with me.

As a parent, I appreciate that the book deals with some rather complex characters and plot elements without venturing into any areas that I would consider inappropriate. Avoiding spoilers, I will just mention that mature issues dealing with parents, kids, psychological trauma, being a teenager, religion, family death, and even China's one-child policy are appropriately handled in the book, but the book does not go into the "inappropriate" side of relationships that you might find in a typical book for this age group by a secular publisher.
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