Naomi Teitelbaum Ends the World


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$17.99  $16.73
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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5.7 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.76 pounds

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About the Author

Samara Shanker has been making up stories about magic and monsters since she was a kid sneaking in extra reading past her bedtime. By graduate school, she had moved on to writing stories that reimagined the folklore and mythology she had always loved as a kid (mostly still written after bedtime, once she finished all her sensible homework). She now works as a tutor and children's literacy specialist and gets to do most of her writing during the day, which has done wonders for her sleep schedule. She lives in Virginia with her rescue puppy, Jack Kirby, and devotes most of her time not spent working or writing to spoiling her niece and nephew. She is the author of Naomi Teitelbaum Ends the World and Rebecca Reznik Reboots the Universe.


"There's welcome ubiquity in the Judaism of the quest . . . multiple flavors of Ashkenazi American Judaism as well as demons and dybbuks from Jewish folklore. . . A comforting, satisfying allegory of justice and self-care centering Jewish themes."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"Linking the Golem tradition with a varied array of Jewish folktales, debut author Shanker gives Naomi and her friends problems to solve, challenges to overcome, and unexpected sources of counsel. . . the three tweens are stubbornly realistic even as they grapple with creatures from legend and folklore." --Publishers Weekly
"Shanker has created a refreshing, fast-paced book, while centering a culture often overlooked in middle grade fiction. Full of adventure and Jewish ­traditions and customs, Jewish readers will relish in recognizing their own culture, while other kids will root for good over evil and learn about the ­Jewish faith along the way."--School Library Journal