Elsie Rose-Miller loves celebrating the Purim holiday and can't wait for the annual costume party at her local synagogue.
Elsie plans to dress up as the fierce and smart Queen Esther, who saved all the Jewish people. But when financial hardship and a terrible incident of hate-inspired vandalism threaten not only the party but the synagogue too, Elsie, like Queen Esther, takes action to bring her entire community—Jewish and non-Jewish alike—together.
The epub edition of this title is fully accessible.
About the author
Joanne Levy is the author of the award-winning Sorry For Your Loss, a book set in a funeral home inspired by the one her dad manages. Her other books include The Sun Will Come Out, Fish Out of Water, and Bird Brain. She can usually be found at her computer, either creating spreadsheets (sometimes just for fun) or channeling her younger self into books. Joanne lives in rural Ontario, Canada, with her husband and several pets, one of whom vomited during the writing of this bio.
- Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
“Strong first-person narration thoughtfully explores experiences of antisemitism and prejudice…Levy presents a realistic, gutsy, problemsolving youth navigating difficult situations with the love and support of community, friends, and family.”
“Covers many social issues that young people need to read about...a good discussion for the reader and an adult.”
“Both Jewish and non-Jewish readers will be inspired by Elsie’s bravery while learning about Jewish holidays and community support. This book would make a perfect gift for a young Jewish [reader].”
Jewish Book Council
“Allows readers to find the space to ask questions and have conversations about racism and antisemitism in society. Recommended.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials