From sunset February 25th to nightfall February 26th, people across the world will celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim. A commemoration of the Jews’ escape from persecution by the ancient Persian Empire, Purim is a lively holiday often celebrated with gifts, costumes and parties. In honor of this special event, we’ve gathered 5 great teen books with Jewish characters.
Color Me In : Nevaeh moves to her grandparents' home in Harlem after her parents split up. Faced with new realities about her identity, Nevaeh struggles with what it means to be white-passing and how to have the Bat Mitzvah her father wants while immersed in a Baptist community.
It's A Whole Spiel : These 14 short stories explore a wealth of experiences as a Jewish teen - from romance to social media. Pick one or two for a quick read or gobble up the whole collection!
Today Tonight Tomorrow : School rivals Rowan and Neil must team up to win Howl, an annual senior scavenger hunt with a major cash prize. Their alliance is pure strategy at first, but as they traverse Seattle something more begins to bloom.
What If It's Us : After a meet-cute at the post office, Arthur and Ben have the chance for a classic rom-com love story. Will nerves and fears get in their way? Or will they pull off a show-stopping romance?
You Asked for Perfect : Ariel is an overachiever, excelling everywhere from the classroom to the synagogue. Amir is his cute new math tutor. Ariel knows he should stay focused, but he’d like to add ‘boyfriend’ to his list of achievements.