The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah by Nora Raleigh Baskin

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I put my fingers up to my throat and touched the pointy Star of David, my grandmother's necklace, a delicate chain made up of countless tiny links. If I wear this, will people think I am Jewish?

Is that what I want to be?

Seventh-grader Caroline Weeks has a Jewish mom and a non-Jewish dad. When Caroline's nana dies around the same time that Caroline's best friend, Rachel, is having her bat mitzvah, Caroline starts to become more interested in her Jewish identity.

About Nora Raleigh Baskin

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Nora Raleigh Baskin is the author of WHAT EVERY GIRL (EXCEPT ME) KNOWS, a Publishers Weekly Cuffie Award winner for Most Promising New Author, among other popular middle-grade novels. She lives in Weston, Connecticut.
Published April 11, 2009 by Aladdin. 144 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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However, although she correctly points out that a girl born to a Jewish mother is always a Jew who will automatically “become” a Bat Mitzvah upon her 12th birthday, the author denies the concept that a Jewish identity develops through the religious and spiritual education a child receives at home...

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In THE TRUTH ABOUT MY BAT MITZVAH, Nora Raleigh Baskin explores the issue of identity through the story of 12-year-old Caroline.

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