One Is Not A Lonely Number

One Is Not A Lonely Number


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Thirteen-year-old Talia Shumacher is the only child of a wealthy orthodox couple, known for their hospitality. As Talia becomes a teenager, her parents' open-door policy begins to irritate her. When Gabrielle Markus, an eccentric twenty-three-year old ballet dancer shows up one day, Talia's life is turned upside down. Convinced that Gabrielle is harboring a secret, Talia and her friends set out to uncover it. Along the way, Talia must deal with the loneliness she feels as an only child living in a religious community that celebrates large families. In discovering Gabrielle's secret, Talia discovers secrets about herself and her parents. Talia's gift for math and her unusual way of thinking about numbers is woven into the story along with themes of friendship, individuality, and acceptance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984162420
Publisher: YM Books
Publication date: 06/09/2010
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.12(h) x 1.04(d)
Age Range: 10 - 16 Years

About the Author

Evelyn Krieger, the oldest of six children, grew up in Detroit, Michigan. As a child, she entertained her friends with imaginative stories and dance performances. The inspiration for her first poem came in the middle of the night when she was just eight years old. Evelyn has been writing ever since, and her essays and stories have won numerous awards. After years of serious ballet study, and later earning her master's degree from Harvard, Evelyn worked as a reading teacher, private tutor, and dance teacher. Today, she is a writer, learning specialist, and a homeschooling mom. Evelyn lives with her family in the Boston area.

What People are Saying About This

Melissa Schorr

A "four matzah-ball" read! As nourishing as a bowl of chicken soup, Evelyn Krieger's debut novel about one Orthodox girl's faith, family and friendships will warm your heart and soul. Ultimately, One Is Not A Lonely Number makes for good company--and adds up to a satisfying read. -- (Melissa Schorr, author of Goy Crazy)

Stephanie Wellen Levine

A highly engaging, enjoyable read. Krieger offers a realistic look at Orthodox Jewish life, and she has created a charming protagonist in Talia Schumacher. This book should attract readers from within the Orthodox world and far beyond: it's accessible to outsiders, and insiders will recognize aspects of their lives that rarely appear in fiction. --(Stephanie Wellen Levine, Author of Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey Among Hasidic Girls)

Yael Resnick

Talia is a young teenage girl who cares about things that really matter (friends, family... and math!) and who is also funny, insightful, and very real. Readers of all backgrounds will relate to Talia's struggles to understand others and ultimately to appreciate her own uniqueness. --(Yael Resnick, Publisher, Natural Jewish Parenting)

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One is Not a Lonely Number 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt buy this book yet but the sample is the BEST EVER BEST EVER BEST EVER. I will write another review when I gwt the whole book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!".
spygirl87 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago