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Teens Talk by Malka Katzman

Teens Talk by Malka Katzman is a book about the inner-most secrets of friends you wish you’d had when you were in high school.

Teens Talk by Malka KatzmanIt took a while to be able to review this book, because my teens took it and wouldn’t give it back!

That should tell us all we need to know about it.

The true stories of twenty-two teenage girls are presented in a diary-like format. Each chapter is about a different girl and situation. Teens Talk offers an intimate exploration of the complicated issues young people must grapple with.

There’s the  girl who fears she’s got a terrible illness.

One of the girls, Malka, is leaving behind everything she knows to move to a new country.  Anyone who’s ever moved as a child will relate to what she’s going through.

Another is shocked when she learns why she’s lost her best friend.  What teen doesn’t have bumpy patches with friends?

The issues are the kind that can take over a teen’s entire world.  While learning how each kid faced her challenge, readers are bound to identify with much of what they are going through.

Teens Talk is an opportunity for teenage girls to read about people like themselves.  At this delicate developmental stage, it’s vital for them to see they aren’t alone, even when they have problems and fears that they might not have admitted to their best friend.

There aren’t many books specifically for frum teens, so this is an important contribution for a group of readers that could use a lot more attention.

I’d recommend the book to parents as well. It’s an important reminder of what it is like to be a teenager.  Carefree, it’s not.  Reading this may make us all a bit kinder, a bit more patient and understanding toward those sometimes challenging young people.

From Israel Bookshop Publications.

We received a review copy of this book.

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Starlight by Henye Meyer

Starlight is the new novel from Henye Meyer.

Starlight by Henye MeyerMrs. Meyer is one of those few authors whose range is so wide that each book is a completely different adventure from the others.

While in previous books, she’s taken us to ancient Byzantium (see our review of Stranger to My Brothers) and turn-of-the-century America, this time, we are in Victorian England.

Although the book is written for a much younger audience than the author’s previous novels, the drama never stops. The tale of a young orphan match girl abused by her relatives who have taken her in, then rescued by a wealthy family, and cast out on the street once more, Starlight could have had all the makings of a cardboard cut-out stereotypical story. But in the skillful hands of Mrs. Meyer, it turns into a beautiful – and suspenseful – fairytale.

The author is known for the meticulously researched details of her characters’ time and place that really bring the story to life. It was fascinating to meet Baron Rothschild as a character and learn more about his travels to Eretz Yisrael from a contemporary point of view.

You can almost feel the author’s tongue-in-cheek approach as the Victorian melodrama plays out to its dénouement. Discerning adult readers will probably be smiling, but the story is heartwarming and preteen girls will love it. To be honest – so did I. It was a great read!

Published by Menucha.

We received a review copy of this book.

Purchase now from Menucha.

Mrs. Meyer is also the author of:

crocodile islandThe Exiles of Crocodile Island (ArtScroll Youth)

 

 

 

 

 

This Is AmericaThis is America! (Israel Bookshop Publications)

 

 

 

 

 

adrenaline rushAdrenalin Rush (Menucha Publishers).

 

 

 

 

Stranger to My Brothers

A Stranger to My Brothers (Self Published) and reviewed by us here.

A Family for Frayda by Menucha Chana Levin

A Family for Frayda is the new teen novel by Menucha Chana Levin.

This is her fourth novel and she’s been published in Hamodia, Chabad.org, Aish.com and other Jewish media outlets.

A Family for Frayda by Menucha Chana LevinFrom the back cover:

Life’s not easy for fifteen-year-old Frayda. Her father suddenly passed away, her mother remarried and moved to New York, and Frayda was left behind in Jerusalem. Now Hadassah, the woman she boards with, is going to England on a business trip and Frayda needs a place to stay while she’s gone. Feeling alone and dejected, nothing seems to be working out for her. Then, one day in the local bookstore, Frayda meets Elisheva who introduces her to the friendly Glazer family and things start turning around. But can it last?

Readers will identify with Frayda throughout her journey of self-discovery and cheer her on through every obstacle. Her warmth and resilience will continue to inspire long after the last page has been turned.

Published by Israel Bookshop Publications.

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Menucha Chana Levin is also the author of:

the youngest bride by menucha chana levin the castle builders by menucha chana levin