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Turning Thirteen

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  4 reviews
When Becky's friend Dina takes up with another girl, Becky decides to get her best friend back. Since Amy isn't Jewish, Becky plans a bat mitzvah for Dina and herself, when she suddenly begins to question her own faith. A novel for young readers ready to challenge childhood assumptions for the first time.
Hardcover, 133 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Scholastic, Incorporated (first published 1988)
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This book turned out to be surprisingly deep, and I read it several times when I was a kid. When I was a teenager I went to camp with a girl who said she was a "Jewish atheist" (which is the story of Turning Thirteen), and when some other campers were saying that was impossible, I was happy to be able to give her my copy of this book (in which a rabbi says that that's totally possible).
Lisa Vegan
Jan 25, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Wendy
My favorite part of this book was it reminded me of (some) long term friendships between 12 and 13 year old girls. I also liked that it touched on some aspects of Judaism and atheism. I thought that it was way too short. I think that it would have been a better book if it had been much longer and gone into more depth about all the issues and relationships, but I guess the author did a good job with the relatively few pages that were there. I really liked the rabbi in this book and I appreciated ...more
Jaelyn O
This book so far is about two best friends that are jewish and they are turning thirteen and when you are jewish and turning thirteen you have a bat mitzvah. That is when you invite almost everyone you know like family members and friends and neighbors people like that. Well there is this new girl at their school and Jill starts to like her better than Dina. So Dina is getting mad because she thinks Jill likes the new girl better than her. And they were planning to have there bat mitzvah on the ...more
This book is about a 12 year old girl who feels that she is losing her best friend. So she comes up with this plan for her and her best friend to have their bat mitzvahs together. In the process of preparing for the bat mitzvah, the girl decides to becomes in atheist Jew. This book is well written, and it teaches you many lessons including, you can only be yourself. I give it two thumbs up!
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Susan Beth Pfeffer was born in New York City in 1948. She grew up in the city and its nearby suburbs and spent summers in the Catskill Mountains. When she was six her father wrote and published a book on constitutional law, and Pfeffer decided that she, too, wanted to be a writer. That year she wrote her first story, about the love between an Oreo cookie and a pair of scissors. However, it wasn't ...more
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