A compelling, tender story about friendship and community, grief and healing, and one indomitable girl who somehow manages to connect them all.
A long ago “accident.” An isolated girl named Aviva. A community that wants to help, but doesn’t know how. And a ghostly dybbuk, that no one but Aviva can see, causing mayhem and mischief that everyone blames on her. That is the setting for this suspenseful novel of a girl who seems to have lost everything, including her best friend Kayla, and a mother who was once vibrant and popular, but who now can’t always get out of bed in the morning.
As tensions escalate in the Jewish community of Beacon with incidents of vandalism and a swastika carved into new concrete poured near the synagogue…so does the tension grow between Aviva and Kayla and the girls at their school, and so do the actions of the dybbuk grow worse. Could real harm be coming Aviva’s way? And is it somehow related to the “accident” that took her father years ago?---from the publisher
171 pages 978-1646141258 Ages 9-12
Keywords: death and dying, mystery, grief, Jewish fiction, depression, community, prejudice and racism, diversity, diverse books, magical realism, ghosts, suspense, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, unreliable narrator