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Posted April 26, 2012
I bought this book for my 2 preteen sisters as a Chanukah gift and found that we were all 'fighting' to read the book at the same time! We all enjoyed every minute of this Excellent novel! I recently had the idea to introduce this book to my 4th grade students for read aloud. They absolutely LOVE it!
Taliya 'One is not a Lonely Number's protagonist is practically a student in our class! you can feel her presence as we read the book, and I quote one of my students who after figuring out a difficult math problem said "The answer is 8" and then her eyes lit up "Talya's favorite number!".
Posted October 21, 2010
Thirteen-year-old, math-whiz, Talia Schumacher, the narrator of One Is Not A Lonely Number by Evelyn Krieger, is an only child who wishes she wasn't. All her friends in her Jewish day school have siblings, which makes her want a sibling even more. Talia lives in a large home in the fictional town of Greensborough, Massachusetts with her wealthy and hospitable parents. Each week Talia's mother and father host a variety of guests for the Jewish Sabbath as well as other holidays. "Our house is an open house," Mrs. Schumacher tells Talia when she complains about having so many guests. Talia doesn't understand why her parents go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to Jewish hospitality. One day, Gabrielle Markus, a twenty-three-year-old soul-searching ballet-dancer shows up on the Schumacher's doorstep. After a couple weeks go by, Talia realizes that Gabrielle isn't leaving anytime soon. Gabrielle's eccentric personality is driving Talia nuts. Soon Gabrielle becomes involved in Talia's life in more ways than she would like. Talia is sure Gabrielle is hiding a secret, and with the help of her three best friends, she sets out to learn more about Gabrielle's mysterious past. Along the way, Talia discovers things about herself, friendship, and family.
Talia's personality and quirky number sense adds a special touch to this story, and themes of loneliness, friendship and unity are weaved into this fantastic read. The author breathes life into the characters through dialogue, personality and bits of humor. The twists and turns in the story kept me reading all night. Girls will enjoy this unique and highly interesting read from start to finish!
Posted September 20, 2010
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