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It's Maya's first time at summer camp and she's got a secret she'd rather her bunkmates didn't find out about. But she's not the only one hiding something...
Ages 9+
Pages 176
Publisher Little Bee Books
Coming May 2022
Awards
PJ Our Way Author Incentive Award Winner

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What the Book Is About

11-year-old Maya isn’t looking forward to her first summer at sleepaway camp. She doesn’t like the heat or insects, and she’s scared of swimming. Things start looking up when Maya makes friends with Dani, but she’s not sure about bossy Yael.
 
When the kiddush cup and candlesticks the girls need to lead Shabbat services are stolen, Maya and Dani team up to solve the mystery. They’re no closer to finding the culprit when Dani is accused of the theft! Can Maya discover who sabotaged Shabbat before Dani is sent home? And can she pass the swim test in time to go on the camp sleepover at Snake Island?
 
This is a sweet story about the power of honesty, friendship, and teamwork.
 

Maya remembers a near-drowning experience she had at a previous summer camp. The description isn’t graphic but might be upsetting for some readers.

Jewish Content & Values

  • The story takes place at Camp Shalom, a Jewish summer camp. All of the bunks are named after places in Israel; the children play Gaga, a game popular at Jewish summer camps; and kosher food is served.
  • Maya’s counselor, Tamar, is Israeli and served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
  • Ritual objects used for the camp’s Shabbat observance, including a kiddush cup and candlesticks, are central to the plot.
What the Book Is About

What the Book Is About

11-year-old Maya isn’t looking forward to her first summer at sleepaway camp. She doesn’t like the heat or insects, and she’s scared of swimming. Things start looking up when Maya makes friends with Dani, but she’s not sure about bossy Yael.
 
When the kiddush cup and candlesticks the girls need to lead Shabbat services are stolen, Maya and Dani team up to solve the mystery. They’re no closer to finding the culprit when Dani is accused of the theft! Can Maya discover who sabotaged Shabbat before Dani is sent home? And can she pass the swim test in time to go on the camp sleepover at Snake Island?
 
This is a sweet story about the power of honesty, friendship, and teamwork.
 

Maya remembers a near-drowning experience she had at a previous summer camp. The description isn’t graphic but might be upsetting for some readers.

Jewish Content & Values

  • The story takes place at Camp Shalom, a Jewish summer camp. All of the bunks are named after places in Israel; the children play Gaga, a game popular at Jewish summer camps; and kosher food is served.
  • Maya’s counselor, Tamar, is Israeli and served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
  • Ritual objects used for the camp’s Shabbat observance, including a kiddush cup and candlesticks, are central to the plot.