the entertainer and the dybbuk

Summary:

Freddie T. Birch, aka "The Great Freddie," was not so great. In fact, he was a lousy ventriloquist. His lips moved and his jokes were stale. As he's preparing for a show in Vienna, Austria, the ghost of Avrom Amos, a young boy killed by the Nazis, introduces himself as a Dybbuk (a troubled spirit). Avrom, having saved then sergeant Freddie's life, wanted a favor in return. Despite his uneasiness and refusal, Avrom possessed Freddie's body in search of Colonel Gerhard Junker-Strupp, of the Nazi SS.

Educational Themes:

This is historical fiction. You can get a lot of lesser-known stories and details about life in Germany under the Nazis, as well as post-World War II life in Europe. There are also some great characters study opportunities with Freddie, Avrom, and Polly.

Reading Level:
3.7
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 to 13
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This is an absolute must read for kids who know nothing about World War II.
Little Kid Reaction:

Review pending.

Big Kid Reaction:

I loved this book. I wasn't sure at first, but by the middle of the second chapter I was completely into it. Both Freddie and Avrom grow as the story moves on. There is an incredible amount of history packed in this slim volume

Pros:

Avrom grabs readers just as he did Freddie the Great. This is a poignant story with an uplifting finish and some light moments too.

Cons:

None.


Title The Entertainer And The Dybbuk
About
Author Sid Fleischman
Publisher Greenwillow Books, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2009
Illustrators Tim Jessell
ISBN 9780061771408
Material Paperback
Cost $6.99
Genres Historical Fiction, History - 1940s & 1950s, Judaism, Ghost Story

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