The Entertainer and the Dybbuk
by Sid Fleischman
ISBN 10: 0061344451
ISBN 13: 9780061344459
Ages 9-14 | Grades 4-9 (young adult)
Greenwillow Books, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Like so many things in life the story contains mystery, beauty, enchantment and horror. Dybbuk is Hebrew for “cleaving to” — and remains one of the most enduring beliefs in Jewish folklore. This is the basis for Sid Fleischman’s new book which reveals age appropriate information about the harsh cruelty inflicted upon the Jews during the Holocaust in a highly entertaining and unique way.
When twelve year old Avrom Amos, a dybbuk takes up residence in the body of an American ventriloquist what ensues is an eye opening, educational journey presented through a victim’s eyes… well, actually the voice is the conduit throughout the novel that allows the dybbuk to expose at least one Nazi SS commander, find justice for his murdered sister and himself, while at the same time bolstering the performance of The Great Freddie to new and unbelievable heights.
Filled with compassion and thought provoking facts delivered by a sassy dybbuk that has more than one or two ghostly tricks planned makes “The Entertainer and the Dybbuk” a delightful read for all ages. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and would recommend it highly and without hesitation!