“A great read. I couldn’t put it down! I especially enjoyed the little touches of math that made Talia such a smart character. I love a good “smart girl” book – so important to create those kinds of role models!”
Rabbi Phyllis Sommer
YM Books presents Evelyn Krieger’s debut children’s novel.
Thirteen-year-old Talia Shumacher is the only child of a wealthy Jewish couple known for their hospitality. As Talia becomes a teenager she finds her parents open-door policy grows irritating. 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 confronts the loneliness she feels as an only child living in a orthodox 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.
YM Books, 2010