Jewish Ninja


JEWISH NINJA

Allegra Saens Coleman 2015

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"The Jewish Ninja" by Allegra Coleman is wonderful reading for all. The story of Alexia introduces a young girl coming of age as she experiences many changes in her family life, and the world she was raised. This story gives a practical lesson of old and modern Jewish tradition. Alexia's story comes to life, in the midst of social intolerance, and told in such a way that it moves the reader from page to page, anticipating the outcome.

Although targeted to the young adult reader, this book is written for all ages. Especially those who are from the non-Jewish faith. The explanations, of Jewish tradition, bring understanding to each celebration, word and phrase. Mazel Tov Allegra!

From Kirkus Reviews
“Alexia, as the Jewish Ninja, is when her bravery and ingenuity truly shine. A refreshing coming-of-age tale, with a wonderfully strong female lead."

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“With a good deal of humor and plenty of humor tied to growing up, “The Jewish Ninja” is much recommended, not to be missed.” Midwest Book Review


Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

In The Jewish Ninja, Allegra Coleman has given young adult readers a taste of living and growing up in a Jewish community. Following the death of her parents in an automobile accident, twelve-year-old Alexia is forced out of her comfortable world of friends, family, and the local karate community. Alexia lived the near-perfect life with her best friend Tutti and her sudden thrust into a tight-grouped, urban Judaic slum all but shuts her down physically and emotionally. Her Bohemian dress does not put her in good standing in her new school and pretty much everyone shuns her, except a good-looking Jewish boy. Her Bubbe and Zeyde (grandparents) try hard to help Alexia fit in but basically, Alexia must find her own way back to a life that is different and yet positive.

The Jewish Ninja is a positive and growth-oriented book to which most preteens and young teens can relate. You don't need to be Jewish to appreciate the unique culture afforded to those growing up in such a community. 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. I could have done with a bit less Yiddish at times but, overall, this was a delightful book.

23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Judge’s Commentary:

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.

Age 10+

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