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Dreidels on the Brain

Dreidels on the Brain

Hardcover

$17.99
Dreidels on the Brain

About the Book

It's 1971 in the suburbs of Los Angeles, and 12-year-old Joel — an amateur magician — is desperately hoping for a Hanukkah miracle. Hilarious, fast-paced, and steeped in Jewish tradition, Dreidels on the Brain is an entertaining read for the whole family.

Product Details

On sale: October 4, 2016
Age: 10-14 years
Grade: Grades 5-9
Page count: 320 Pages
ISBN: 9780803740976
Reading level: Lexile: 790L

Author Bio

In 1983 storyteller Joel ben Izzy graduated from Stanford University and set off to travel the globe, gathering and telling stories.  Since then, he has performed and led workshops in thirty-five countries. Over the years he has also produced six recorded collections of his stories,  which have won awards from Parents’ Choice foundation, NAPPA, the ALA, and a Booklist Editor’s Choice Honor.  Joel is also one of the nation’s most sought-after story consultants, supporting organizations and leaders working to make the world a better place, with clients in fields ranging from philanthropy to medicine to technology to entertainment. Joel’s first book was the highly acclaimed memoir The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness, which has been published in seventeen languages and is currently in development as both a film and a musical. He lives with his wife, Taly, in Berkeley, California. They have two grown children.

Praise

Praise for Dreidels on the Brain

National Jewish Book Award Finalist

"A welcome addition to the canon of holiday stories."—Booklist

"This fresh, fast-paced read is a must purchase for any middle school collection. . . . As an aspiring magician, Joel understands manipulating belief and often uses his magic as a metaphor. . . . Seriousness is artfully balanced with Joel's comedic explanations of Yiddish words, and his perception of Jewish traditions."—School Library Connection

"Relatable and humorous. . . . A coming-of-age novel steeped in tradition [that] will appeal to anyone who has felt different and those who believe—or want to believe—in miracles."—VOYA