Ghosts and Golems: Haunting Tales of the Supernatural

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Jewish stories of the supernatural are nothing new. The very first Jewish ghost story appears in the Bible. This collection offers contemporary tales with modern-day children as the main characters. The stories, each illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings, are suspenseful and haunting. The spirits in these tales are forces for momentous change in the lives of the children who encounter them—helping them to gain new understandings of themselves and their Jewish tradition. So, too, will these stories have a lasting ...
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Overview

Jewish stories of the supernatural are nothing new. The very first Jewish ghost story appears in the Bible. This collection offers contemporary tales with modern-day children as the main characters. The stories, each illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings, are suspenseful and haunting. The spirits in these tales are forces for momentous change in the lives of the children who encounter them—helping them to gain new understandings of themselves and their Jewish tradition. So, too, will these stories have a lasting impact on young readers.

A collection of ten original contemporary stories of the supernatural which reflect a Jewish tradition that can be traced to the biblical story of Saul and the spirit of Samuel.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-An enticing title and book jacket will draw readers to this collection of 10 original short stories. Several have Holocaust themes, and others are about the loss of a loved one. Among them is a tale about a lonely ghost trying to lure a pre-Bat Mitzvah girl into the grave. In a few others, spirits from times of crisis in Jewish history interact with modern boys and girls. Each of the selections is accompanied by a ponderous black-and-white illustration and a biographical sketch of and short comment from the author. Readers hoping for a good scare may be disappointed. The ghosts and golems of the title are actually didactic devices used to propel plots and develop themes dealing with loss, conflict, change, and Jewish continuity. The stories are uneven in quality. Rivka Widerman's "The Ghost of Leah Levy" is taut and chilling while in others, a melodramatic style overwhelms fairly simple themes. The purpose of the collection is not to entertain but to edify Jewish adolescents. As such, it is closer to Sandy Asher's With All My Heart, with All My Mind: Thirteen Stories about Growing up Jewish (S & S, 1999) than it is to Jewish tales of the supernatural. Cleverly packaged, this book delivers something different from what the title and cover art suggest.-Linda R. Silver, Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827607637
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 7/24/2003
  • Series: Jps Young Adult Story Collections
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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