Golem Goes to Camp

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By – July 6, 2023

Mod­ern Jew­ish sum­mer camp meets ancient Jew­ish folk­lore in this excit­ing tale filled with adven­ture and fun. Camper Emmett acci­den­tal­ly cre­ates a golem out of spe­cial mud hid­den in the camp art room and, togeth­er with his sis­ter Emi­ly and their friends, hides the crea­ture from both coun­selors and admin­is­tra­tors as they learn through tri­al and error what a golem can and can­not do. When the golem pro­tects the camp from a rag­ing storm, and lat­er saves a young camper who is lost and con­fused, Emmett and his friends real­ize that their golem is a hero. They look for­ward to sub­se­quent sum­mers with their new golem pal and expect fur­ther adven­tures in future camp seasons.

Full of Jew­ish his­to­ry and folk­lore, camp spir­it, and true friend­ship, this high­ly rec­om­mend­ed sto­ry is amus­ing and enter­tain­ing. Quirky black-and-white illus­tra­tions add to its appeal.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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