This is a very readable look at what it means to be Jewish both today and in terms of the religion’s long history. The book is organized as a journal that a twelve-year-old Jewish girl, Ruth, shares with her close friend, Ayla, who is Muslim. There is some plot centered around Ruth’s family to frame the narrative.
This book is expansive and inclusive. It makes room for people with a strong belief in God and those who are more cultural Jews. There are descriptions of holidays, customs and values.
Those who are Jewish can learn from this book as can those who are not. I found this to be an excellent, liberal take on the Jewish faith.