What the Book is About:
Karma Cooper is the queen of social media, and completely addicted to Snappypic (a fictional social media platform) until her concerned parents shut down her account and confiscate her phone. It takes her a while to adjust to losing 12,000 followers, but eventually she learns to anchor herself in real life and relate to people she has neglected in her pursuit of "likes," such as her best friend, her brother, and a boy in her class named Milton P. In this quick and light read, Karma discovers that real friends are more valuable than virtual ones, and that popularity isn’t everything. Parents will like this book for its unplugged message, and kids will relate to Karma’s experiences as she navigates the drama of middle school.
Jewish Content and Values
- Karma volunteers at the Historical Society as part of her bat mitzvah project and takes Hebrew lessons.
- At the Historical Society, Karma is involved in interviewing and photographing the founders of the local temple.
Positive Role Models
- Karma matures and gains perspective throughout the story. At the beginning, she misses celebrating an important moment at her friend’s bat mitzvah because she’s hiding in the bathroom on her phone; at the end of the story, she supports her friend Ella and her offbeat decorations for the school dance.
A couple of boys tease and trip Milton P. (a minor character who may have an autistic spectrum disorder) in the hallway between classes.
Topics To Discuss
When Karma mistakenly thinks it’s Crazy Hair Day and shows up at school with polka dot hair, Auggie takes a picture without her permission and posts it online for all to see. Who should decide what gets posted online, the photographer or the subject of the picture? Did something like that ever happen to you?
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Jews have contributed significantly to American photography; many of the outstanding photographers of the twentieth century were Jewish and plenty of them were women. Doris Ulmann, Diana Arbus, Trude Fleischmann and Annie Leibowitz are just a few American women photographers who achieved fame through their powerful images. Some art historians believe that the reason that there were so many Jewish and women photographers was simply that anti-Semitism and prejudice against women didn’t get in the way of pursing a photography career or business. All these talented women needed to begin a career in photography was a camera and some film.