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One Is Not A Lonely Number Paperback – June 9, 2010
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Kudos to Evelyn Krieger on an outstanding read!! The characters in this novel are real, the story is real and thus reading it is an enriching experience and fun too. Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by yehudis eagle
My daughter just read One is Not a Lonely Number and loved it! She read it throughout the day (and night) over several days and didn't want to put it down! Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by Shifra
My 14 year old daughter and I recently read this book together (I read it aloud to her). We found the book riveting! Read morePublished on August 2, 2011 by David Goldblatt
this book was absolutely amazing! The reality of growing up, problems and happiness, were combined in a fun great read. I absolutely could not put it down. Read morePublished on September 28, 2010