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Dave At Night by Gail Carson Levine
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bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction, jewish, young-adult

This book was marked as "traditional" in my local library, which, of course, caters to a large Orthodox Jewish population who care deeply about books that reflect the Jewish tradition. But while the protagonist is Jewish by ethnicity, he is most definitely not frum. He lives in an orphanage that he hates, but at night, he sneaks out into Harlem and parties at speak-easies. (The book takes place in the Prohibition era.) There are no flaws in the writing in the book, and Dave is certainly a likable character, but if you're an Orthodox Jewish parent looking for something "traditional Jewish" for your kids, this book won't fit the bill.
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