Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah Blues

Ferida Wolff, Author Jewish Publication Society of America $13.95 (137p) ISBN 978-0-8276-0332-5
Alyssa has become an adult, according to Judaism; since she has completed her Bat Mitzvah, she is expected to make her own decisions. And, instead of joining the temple's confirmation class, concentrating on schoolwork or socializing with friends, Alyssa chooses to pursue her dance lessons. Her priorities shift, however, when her best friend Ellen becomes ill, and when Alyssa's Jewish identity becomes more important to her. Alyssa realizes that a delicate balance between avocation and responsibility can exist if she is strong enough to make difficult decisions. Readers will enjoy the universal conflicts Wolff eloquently delineates; her characters are well realized and lend additional credibility to the story. Ages 11-14. (June)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
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