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My Basmati Bat Mitzvah

Posted by nliakos on October 25, 2014

by Paula J. Freedman (Amulet Books 2013)

Thirteen-year-old Tara Feinstein narrates the story of preparing for her bat mitzvah. Tara’s mother is from India; she converted to Judaism (presumably) when she fell in love with Tara’s father. Tara’s Indian heritage is as important to her as her Jewish heritage, but managing the culture clashes among her relatives and friends isn’t always easy. And Tara’s best friend Ben-o (who happens to be male and Catholic) complicates matters by suddenly taking a more romantic interest in Tara, who does not feel ready for dating in general and is terrified of losing Ben-o’s friendship if it doesn’t work out. As you might expect, Tara successfully navigates the pitfalls of young love and preparing for her bat mitzvah even though she isn’t sure that she really believes in God.

This is a nice book for those interested in intercultural relationships (like me) and for ESL students.

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