Jor­dan and the Dread­ful Golem

Karen Gold­man; Rachel Mose­ley, illus.
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By – February 13, 2014

Jor­dan is a 13-year-old boy liv­ing in the Israeli town of Keshet is a unique com­mu­ni­ty on the banks of the Jor­dan riv­er in which a select group of babies are cho­sen by the matri­arch of the town, Miss Sara, who names them and helps them real­ize their unique pow­ers. What devel­ops is a band of young Jew­ish Israeli super­heroes, each with a spe­cial pow­er result­ing from a con­nec­tion to one aspect of nature. This band uses its pow­ers to stop a golem cre­at­ed by the local vil­lain. Teen mis­chief is inter­twined with Jew­ish expres- sions and Israeli geog­ra­phy, giv­ing this nov­el an under­ly­ing Jew­ish fla­vor in a fast paced mys­tery. Although at times, as in the intro­duc- tion of an exfo­lia­tor as a pos­si­ble way to erase a mark, it is obvi­ous that the book is writ­ten by an adult female for a young audi­ence, this small flaw can be for­giv­en because there are excit­ing cliffhang­ers, authen­tic pre-teen dia­logue and lots of wild imagination.

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 9 – 13.

Dro­ra Arussy, Ed.D., is an edu­ca­tion­al con­sul­tant who spe­cial­izes in inte­grat­ing Jew­ish and sec­u­lar stud­ies, the arts into edu­ca­tion, and cre­ative teach­ing for excel­lence in Jew­ish edu­ca­tion. She is the moth­er to four school-age chil­dren and has taught from pre-school through adult. Dro­ra is an adjunct pro­fes­sor of Hebrew lan­guage at Drew University.

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