Yotzeret Publishing’s children’s book, Like a Maccabee by California author Barbara Bietz, has been chosen by PJ Library as a November 2012 book for older readers. ($8.95; October 2006; 978-1-59287-137-7) A new edition of the book with a new cover will be released later this autumn.
PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement program implemented on a local level throughout North America. A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library mails free, high-quality Jewish children’s literature and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis. Today, families in hundreds of communities across the United States and Canada are able to explore the timeless core values of Judaism through books and music. More information about PJ Library can be found at http://www.pjlibrary.org/.
About Like a Maccabee:
Days before Hanukkah, ten-year-old Ben’s soccer team makes the league championships. Only one thing stands between Ben and victory: the rival team’s best defender, a school bully whose favorite sport, other than soccer, is tormenting Ben. No one at home seems to understand. And now he has to share his room—and his family’s attention—with his grandfather, who has recently come to live with them. Facing humiliation at school and misunderstood by those who love him most, Ben finds an unexpected friend in his grandfather, learning ancient wisdom and steadfast strength, enough for the big game…and beyond.