Allegra Saens Coleman 2015
Top Customer Reviews
23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
In Allegra Coleman's The Jewish Ninja, readers will be treated to a delightful story showing that it is possible to overcome adversity. The writing is strong, and the characters are interesting.
I enjoy this author's voice with interesting and fun phrases, such as "like a hip-hopper flip-flopping out of control." That creates a vivid word picture and doesn't need additional description. Another one I like is "I saw a portion of the Little Dipper twinkling through the cotton-ball haze that coasted above." Again, no further description is necessary.
Coleman does an excellent job of taking readers on an emotional roller coaster ride. One minute I found myself laughing, and the next moment feeling sad. When readers experience this, you have done your job of tugging at the heartstrings.
Stripped of the comfort provided by her eccentrically fun and outrageously creative parents, Alexia is forced to change her lifestyle. She has just turned twelve and is the youngest to have ever won the Ming Karate Championship. Other than some disputes with her eccentric mom, the ways of the world are treating her well. Until, a whirlwind of events causes Alexia’s huge house, in a pastoral paradise, to be replaced with a claustrophobic urban Judaic slum. Her Bubbe and Zeyde (grandparents) are, suddenly, controlling her life.
As she explores her new environment, she learns how to interact with what she perceives as a strange culture by combining her creativity, strength, and intellect. This includes uniting her knowledge of karate with the Rabbi’s teachings of the Torah. They create “Turn A Cheek and Never Lose,” a form of non-contact martial arts. To save the neighborhood from the punks that are causing destruction, she disguises herself as a muscular boy/man, the Jewish Ninja.
From review By Karen Pirnot
You just have to love the character of Alexia for her moxie and her pure determination not to fold under difficult circumstances. She is lucky to have come into contact with the local Rabbi, a man who also marches to a different drummer in life. I laughed at the grandparents as they stayed back in a loving but non-intrusive way. They just seemed to understand that love conquers all.
Award winning playwright Allegra Saens Coleman offers this Jewish odyssey, filling it with humor, tragedy, unforeseen circumstances, the necessity of endurance, and the discovery of oneself within a large community. This is not only a story, but an experience.
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