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The Tenth: Psychological & Family Life Inspiring Novel (Women's Literary Fiction Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Smadar Shir
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Book Description

Can life be beautiful after a terrible trauma?

Find out how Danny learned to overcome his loss.

A special bond is formed in the hospital between Danny ”" a mischievous, curious and very bright ten-year-old who has lost a leg and an arm ”" as well as his mother ”" in a terrorist bombing ”" and Autumn, a young journalist sent to interview him before his tenth operation.

Autumn wants to publish Danny's story because she believes he is a hero, but Danny says he isn't a hero at all; he was simply sitting in a restaurant waiting for his food when the terrorist came in and blew herself up. During their conversation, Autumn tells Danny about her son and her life as a single mother. He misses his own mother, and harbors a suspicion that the journalist keeps coming to see him because she is interested in his newly widowed father.

˃˃˃ A maturity process story

Autumn thinks that Danny should have the tenth operation, which would basically be plastic surgery to remove the shrapnel from his face and minimize the scarring. He does not want to forget: he would rather have a scarred face that will always remind him of his mother and all that he lost. And it would also be a reminder of the reality of life in Israel, a reality in which innocent children pay the price. During the difficult days preceding the operation, still tormented by indecision and struggling against the pain, Danny undergoes a maturity process that will prepare him for his release from the hospital. He learns not to be jealous of his sister, who survived the bombing with only a few scratches. He learns not to be afraid of the Arab nurse who wants to give him an injection. He develops a new and different sense of humor and comes to realize that despite his grief and loss, life goes on and can be beautiful. He discovers that he can enjoy life if he only reaches out for it.

˃˃˃ A story about injury and recovery

The book is about the reality of living in Israel. About a terrorist bombing, and how it affects one little boy and his family. It's heart-wrenching, but hard to put down.

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Editorial Reviews


In the category for children and youth literature, SmadarShir won the
"Encouraging Creative Advertising" Award for her book "The Tenth."

Excerpt from the judge's comments:
One of the more interesting literary debates is the link between current events and the actual written literature. It turned out often that more peaceful times grew more eminent writers; however during more tense times, it took longer to reach literary expression. SmadarShir took a difficult task upon herself: expressing in a young adult's book the coping of a serious injury resulting from a terrorist attack. Expressed from the injured boy himself, Asaf, we learn in a moving yet careful way (with no tendency for exaggeration) about his life until the attack and his and his family's coping after. "Then, I didn't know that there were terrorist attacks that force you to mature, instantly, thousands of years," Asaf refers to his childhood.
Throughout the story, the treatments in the hospital, the leg and hand that are no longer there, the family, the mother who passed away along with other characters, the moving and exciting integration, is all focused in the most personal way on the fate of a wounded boy fighting for his physical and mental health. "It doesn't matter how many surgeries I have been through, I will never go back to being who I used to be," says Asaf to his grandmother with a linked acceptance and distress. "The Tenth" surgery planned for Asaf will successfully be detached from the scene of the attack and the corridors of the hospital by reaching the emotions of every young adult.

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  • Print Length: 161 pages
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  • Language: English
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating June 3, 2014
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I have to say, with complete honesty, that The Tenth is an incredible book. I was provided a copy of the book to review. I absolutely love to read, and I love the opportunity to read new works. Because I read so much it's very rare for a book to really stick with me. Almost all books are really great, but it takes a very special book to keep me thinking for days after I finish it.

I loaded The Tenth onto my Kindle Saturday afternoon while the kids were playing outside. It was a beautiful day and they were entertaining each other very well, so I figured I'd start the book. The story sounded interesting and I decided I'd read for a bit and then get some laundry done. The subject matter was something I have absolutely no personal experience with so I really thought it would be an easy and casual read.

Once I started reading I found it hard to put down. The story is about Danny. Danny is a young child who, along with his family, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Danny and his family went to lunch after a nice day at the beach, and found themselves in a restaurant targeted by a suicide bomber. I'm not going to go into much more detail about the story, I'd prefer to let Smadar Shir tell this story, as I couldn't even being to do it the justice that this author did.

The Tenth allows the reader to be a fly on the wall during Danny's struggle to come to terms with what happened. I found this perspective to be perfect. The reader sees, hears, and feels everything Danny is working through and is able to watch the events unfold from Danny's eyes. The eyes of a young child coming to terms with the way his life has changed. It is a powerful story, yet it is not overwhelming or depressing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Emotional Read May 28, 2014
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This is an excellent read that should be shared with others, and I'd definitely recommend this book for everyone to read. After reading this book you will be sufficiently imbued with a deep sense of respect and most importantly, patience, to begin the journey of discovery and reflection that will occur when you read this magnificent contemporary fictional novel, "The Tenth."

This is a well crafted story and I absolutely enjoyed reading it from start to finish. It's an absorbing and attention-grabbing work that had me engaged from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene effortlessly, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There's an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that's something I really look for in a good book.

Although it's a story that you may not want to get personally attached to, the author displays an ability to allow the reader just to observe also. It really is a moving read that stirs the heart.

The story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. This interesting and compelling work, as I said, had my attention from the start and there are twists and turns in this page turner that will take the reader on a compelling and emotional journey! Also, the writing style is friendly and straightforward which makes for an enjoyable read.

It's one of those stories that come along once in awhile that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I'm giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader!

I'll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Smadar Shir in the future!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear jerker May 28, 2014
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"The Tenth" is an emotional story about a boy named Danny dealing with being severely injured in a terrorist bombing. The narrative is written from his perspective in a interesting way. Dannys innocence really gave me a fresh perspective on war victims and disabled people in general. There are a lot of emotional moments in the story that actually made my eyes water which usually doesn't happen to me a lot. Don't buy this book if your not ready for some serious moments. There is a lot of social commentary on Israeli and Palestinian conflicts within. I'm almost finished reading and overall I would say this was a good read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tenth (Book Review.) May 22, 2014
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This book is very well written it very touching its also sad and its happy too. This is a book about a special bond that is formed in the hospital between Danny a mischievous, curious and very bright ten-year-old who has lost a leg and an arm as well as his mother in a terrorist bombing and Autumn, a young journalist sent to interview him before his tenth operation. I just loved this book it truly is a must read for every one I highly recommend this book to everyone you will love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You should give it a read! It is really good. June 25, 2014
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At first, I was skeptical about reading this one. War, isn't my favorite subject. Not after my husband having been in the military for all those years. That being said, I wanted something new. I needed to find something other than horror, love, or self help-how to's. So I gave this one a shot.

At first ... I had to force myself to read. It was almost as if I mentally blocked it. But then it just sort of seeped in. After a few pages I was hooked. Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. I think I even held my kindle while vacuuming that last day, I was too emotionally attached to set it down the five minutes it would take. I needed every second to the end.

This story is an incredibly-abled emotionally tapped story. I cried, I laughed, I cried again. The crying got to me, I do not normally cry, but on this one, I cried like a baby.

The story itself is well written. Descriptive in the right places, without going on seven pages to describe, say a tree. A writer who definitely knows where to describe and where to let the reader take it where they will.

The characters are real ... they feel real. You can almost step into the souls of these characters. They very much become a part of your psyche.

This is a story about a hero ... in which he very much was.
I would recommend this one. It definitely got to me. and that is not easy to do.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Only read a few percent. Not interested in women's fiction.
Published 2 months ago by Charles Schmitz
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read leaving me wanting more time with these people. .
I loved this book. It has much human interest and is told in an endearing and truthful manner. I usually dislike reading a novel only to discover it is the first if a myriad of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Julianne Hanel
5.0 out of 5 stars very powerful book
I was not sure that I would enjoy this book...I was surprised at how it gripped me and I did not want to put it down.
This book really gives you all sides of a story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nina Rubin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This was a good read.With what is going on in the middle east now this gave me lots of food for thought.
Published 9 months ago by Joann L Faber
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
WOW! If only powerful, inspiring, and moving works of literature, could stop the madness found in the world! This would be the book, told from the heart of a ten year old.
Published 9 months ago by nightwnder
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, will make you think without being gruesome or guilt...
Compelling story about injury and recovery. Really enjoyed the read and pacing. Written from the perspective of a ten year old boy.
Published 10 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening
This novel was one that took me to somewhere I had never experienced before. It was based on a terrorist attack and I had never really read anything that was like this before. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Becca Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope for peace, in spite of terror.
This is about the reality of living in Israel. About a terrorist bombing, and how it affects one little boy, and his family. It's heart-wrenching, but hard to put down. Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. Mihay
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming, wonderful, mesmerizing
Wow, what a story! This book had me hooked from the beginning, and I couldn't put the Kindle down. Young Danny is wise beyond his years, and we live his story along with him as he... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dina G.
2.0 out of 5 stars Something was lost in the translation
Another freebie for my kindle. I thought this book would put a face to the horrible terrorist bombings. This book was probably based on fact and a real life child. Read more
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More About the Author

Smadar Shir is among the most important authors in Israel. Her first book was published when she was 16, and in the three decades since she has published 400 children's books as well as seven novels. She has also written hundreds of children's' songs which were composed and recorded for CDs and DVDs. Her birthday songs are heard at nearly every party in the country. Critics praise her sensitive ear, citing Israeli reality in all its forms, and recommend her books to parents with children who are generally non-readers. Many of her stories are included in kindergarten and elementary school anthologies. Some of her other books are part of the annual curriculum in middle schools as well as high schools.

Along with her personal work in writing, Smadar Shir works as a senior journalist in "YediotAhronot," the most popular daily newspaper in Israel. She publishes opinion columns and magazine interviews. For ten years, Smadar Shir lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota, due to her husband's work (Urological Surgeon). During these years, along with being a Hebrew teacher, she published several books in the United States, among them are "The Complete Book of Hebrew Baby Names", which was published by Harper and Row and distributed all over the world. This book assists Hebrew parents in finding popular and modern Hebrew names for their children while understanding their meaning. Due to this book, and children's books in English, Smadar Shir became a popular lecturer in Jewish communities.

Today she lives in Israel, is married (to Professor Ami Sidi, director of the Department of Urology at Wolfson Hospital) with six children (five girls, one boy) and two pet dogs. She lectures in schools (and also gives volunteer lectures inprisons, military bases, and in boarding schools housing children who are no longer under their parents' jurisdiction).
She also meets readers of her novels in book meetings held in libraries and book stores.

Her book, "The Tenth," won the Israeli "Akum" prize.

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