Review: Going Rogue (at Hebrew School)

Going Rogue (at Hebrew School) by Casey Breton

Category: Middle Grade
Reviewer: Stacy Mozer

Going Rogue (at Hebrew School) is a heartfelt look at the age old question asked by many modern Jewish children, "Why do I have to go to Hebrew school?" Ten-year-old Avery has spent years wondering why he has to skip out on "fun" things, like football league, in order to be one of the few kids he knows who has to spend his Sunday and weekday afternoons at his synagogue learning about being Jewish. When a new interim Rabbi uses the ways of the force and a love of Star Wars to connect with Avery, he begins to learn that Hebrew School is not just about learning old traditions, it's also about learning how to be a good person and a better friend to those around you.

The book meets the Sydney Taylor Book Award criteria because it has positive and authentic Jewish religious or cultural content and is appropriate for the intended grade level in style, vocabulary, format, and illustration.

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Reviewer Stacy Mozer a veteran elementary school teacher, currently teaching advanced language arts to second - fifth graders. In addition to teaching, she is a middle grade author, a book blogger, and serves as Co-Regional Advisor for the New England Region of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.