Jewish Values: Sam I Am

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Publication Year: 
2004
Number of Pages: 
256 p.
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Twelve year old Sam has a Christian mother and an agnostic Jewish father. When tensions emerge between them and Sam's two grandmothers at Hanukkah/Christmastime, Sam begins to wonder why people of different religions always fight. His own Jewish identity, not particularly strong, is given a jolt when his class begins to study the Holocaust. Interwoven with a school story about friends, a first girlfriend, and trips to the mall is an authentic exploration of Sam's questions, the answers he gets, and the answers that he doesn't get. The conclusion offers no definitive choices but a satisfying sense that asking questions is as important as getting answers. The portrait of an intermarried family is drawn with honesty and open-mindedness.
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ISBN: 
439439671
Book ID: 
746
Sydney Taylor Winner: 
No