Aviva vs. the Dybbuk

Levine Querido. Feb. 2022. 170p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781646141258.
Gr 3-7–After losing her father in a terrible accident, 11-year-old Aviva Jacobs and her mother move into a small apartment above the local mikvah, a traditional bathhouse for orthodox Jewish women. Aviva’s mother takes care of the mikvah and those who visit it, and Aviva takes care of the dybbuk, a mischievous spirit in Jewish folklore. Aviva’s dybbuk is a real troublemaker. From tearing up checks to spilling out the contents of visitor’s purses, it keeps Aviva on her toes. As Aviva tries to manage the dybbuk, she must also work with her ex–best friend to plan the most amazing Bat Mitzvah Bash that her school has ever seen. As she juggles the stresses of school, friends, and an increasingly tense situation at home, Aviva discovers her inner strength and the resilience of her community. Many readers will find Aviva charming and relatable as she navigates the roller coaster that is growing up.
VERDICT A strong purchase for every school and public library. In this tale that’s at times funny, sad, and scary, Lowe seamlessly crafts a coming-of-age story that readers will enjoy.–

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