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Sorry for Your Loss

by: Joanne Levy  

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10+
Evie is happy spending the summer working at her parents’ Jewish funeral home. But everything changes when she meets Oren, who hasn’t said a word since his parents died. Can Evie help him find his voice again?
 
Ages 10+
Pages 264
Publisher Orca Book Publishers
Coming Oct 2022
Awards
Kirkus Starred Review
PJ Our Way Author Incentive Award Winner
Sydney Taylor Notable Book

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What the Book Is About

Evie Walman is going into 8th grade, and she knows two things: she doesn’t want — or need — friends, and she’s going to take over her parents’ Jewish funeral home when she grows up. The mean girls at school make fun of her, but they don’t understand how important Evie’s parents’ work is. 
 

Jewish Content & Values

  • Evie and Oren and their families are Jewish. Evie is going into 8th grade at Beit Sefer, a Jewish day school.
  • Evie’s parents run a Jewish funeral home and observe all of the rituals and traditions related to caring for and burying the deceased.
  • Core Jewish values such as kindness to strangers and comforting mourners are central to the story.

Content Advisory

Although there is nothing graphic in this book, the story does center on the experience of a 13-year-old boy who loses both parents in a car accident. While the author handles these difficult and important topics with sensitivity, the subject matter may be challenging for some readers.
What the Book Is About

What the Book Is About

Evie Walman is going into 8th grade, and she knows two things: she doesn’t want — or need — friends, and she’s going to take over her parents’ Jewish funeral home when she grows up. The mean girls at school make fun of her, but they don’t understand how important Evie’s parents’ work is. 
 

Jewish Content & Values

  • Evie and Oren and their families are Jewish. Evie is going into 8th grade at Beit Sefer, a Jewish day school.
  • Evie’s parents run a Jewish funeral home and observe all of the rituals and traditions related to caring for and burying the deceased.
  • Core Jewish values such as kindness to strangers and comforting mourners are central to the story.

Content Advisory

Although there is nothing graphic in this book, the story does center on the experience of a 13-year-old boy who loses both parents in a car accident. While the author handles these difficult and important topics with sensitivity, the subject matter may be challenging for some readers.