Jewish Values: Moxie Kid, The

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214 p.
There's a Texas twang to the dialogue, lots of "y'all's" and "dad burns," but the story is readable enough to attract a wide audience of elementary grade readers, especially boys. It entails a mystery involving dead cats but the main focus is on a friendship between a pre-adolescent boy named Jonathan and an old man who may or may not be named Mr. Canto Cantiberti. The child and teenage characters are especially convincing. Jonathan realizes soon after meeting Mr. Cantiberi that he stretches the truth but late in the story, he comes to understand that lies, or imaginative fabrications, are often the "life affirming errors" that make existence tolerable. The Jewish content is very slight, nothing more than identifying Jonathan and his family as Jewish.
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