Aglow: A Christmas Fable

Aglow: A Christmas Fable

by Bruce Ashkenas


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Aglow is the story of twelve year old, Adam, a Jewish boy, who likes to visit his gramps in The Bronx. His best friend there is Rafe, a Catholic. The difference doesn't matter to the boys, even after they get involved in the biggest miracle to hit the Tri-State area in years. Over the course of a Thanksgiving weekend they help cause and then react to an event which uplifts the neighborhood and the city. Rafe has faith that what they did was right, Adam has faith in Rafe, and they both have faith in the best cleaning product ever made.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998309897
Publisher: Acorn Publishing, Battle Creek, MI
Publication date: 09/10/2017
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Bruce Ashkenas has spent a lifetime learning to write fiction and his efforts are paying off in his latest book, a middle grade/young adult novel called Aglow: A Christmas Fable, due out in November. Previously he wrote Shadows of Shame, a story of Jews and Nazis in 1938 New York which won Honorable Mention in the 2017 New York Book Festival. Mr. Ashkenas lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife, daughter, and little dog. If you want to learn more about Mr. Ashkenas look at his author's page on Facebook at and like or follow him.

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Aglow: A Christmas Fable 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Middle grade readers will identify with the questions asked, and the lessons learned by the two young characters in the charming book, Aglow, A Christmas Fable by Bruce Ashkenas. As I read, I found myself asking: When do I go beyond my comfort zone because another needs my help? What is the difference between Christianity and Judaism? If any? Why do young men join a gang? What does family mean to me? Why is it important to keep a promise I make to a friend? Young readers might just find themselves asking similar questions. This 141-page book is about how the innocent and passionate acts of two boys can lead them on a journey towards transformation and adulthood. Aglow, A Christmas Fable is a coming-of-age story set in the midst of a most unusual situation and circumstances. Rafe and Adam (the two main characters) are two boys from completely different backgrounds and different religions who are the best of friends, and who find themselves caught in the middle of a controversial “miracle” that only they know how it all began. As the story moves forward, Rafe and Adam are forced to dig deeply inside and discover what true friendship means oneself and to the other, and how kindness and empathy for others is what is needed most in their worlds. We live in topsy-turvy times. One of the strengths of Aglow is that this Christmas fable is not just for middle readers, but for adults as well. We all need a little miracle in our lives, and this book delivers just that hope.