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Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah Blues

By: Ferida Wolff

Contemporary Fiction

Alyssa loves to dance.
Every afternoon, you can find her at the studio…until her best friend gets really sick and needs her help.
But if Alyssa misses another dance rehearsal, she’ll lose her chance to be a star!

Ages: 9+

143 pages

Jewish Publication Society

Average Rating: (52 Ratings)

Best book ever
Submitted 6/10/2019 by DanceStar5678

Thumbs up!

I love to dance you will after reading this too

LOVE IT
Submitted 6/3/2019 by dancerfriend

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

As a 11 year old dancer, I looked up to Alyssa as a role model for my dancing career. totally recommend!

Amazing!!
Submitted 8/2/2018 by weezie

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book is such an amazing book! I loved reading it and going through the journey with Alyssa. It had the perfect amount of heartbreak and happiness and funny jokes and remarkes to make readers happy. This book made me think about friendship and how a simple thing can mean a lot to someone. Alyssa is a true friend and whenever I read about the things she would do for Ellen I am be touched. I also really loved how nice and sweet the book was. It truly made me smile.Even though this book was really good I wish it could be a little longer. I also think it should fit the title and description a little more. Last but not least I wish it had a little more information about Judaism. Thank you PJ OUR WAY for letting me read this book (I couldn't put it down). I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to read it again.

A Fun Read
Submitted 8/1/2018 by Skigirl

Alyssa has many things to worry about, but what is at the top of her list? Alyssa must face the hardships of balancing her life with religion, sports, school, and friends. She wants to pursue dance, but is being the star of the show more important to her than her best friend, Ellen? I enjoyed this book a lot, and would definitely recommend it, especially to young dancers.

MEH
Submitted 11/8/2017 by FlyingFox520

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about friendship.

when i wrote "this book made me think more about friendship" i based it on what i ACTUALLY READ. the book was so bad that i never finished it. and i got it MANY months ago! actually, i just checked, 11 months ago. the book was the first book that i ordered on PJourway and it was SUCH a disappointment. I really tried to enjoy it but i couldn't. WORST BOOK EVER. :-(

Read it!
Submitted 10/18/2017 by LemurOfCuteness

A short and sweet book with all sorts of interesting plot points that any person will enjoy.

Submitted 9/1/2017 by Violinist123

An intriguing book about friendship and passion. Giving up something you love most for your friend is a true mitzvah.

I loved this book, totally recommend it!!!
Submitted 8/6/2017 by SwimTwin1

I would read more books by this author.

complex but exiting
Submitted 7/9/2017 by KSO

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

pink slippers mitzvah blues was a great book that related to my own life and experiences, she had to choose ballet which was her dream and her talent or her best friend that she spent most of her life with and could never forget.

It's really good
Submitted 6/8/2017 by florydori

Thumbs up!

This Book made me think more about 2 subjects collating over another

fun
Submitted 6/5/2017 by girldancer

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

if you like dance you would really like it in the middle it sort of scared me because she had two things at once. :)

My whole family liked it
Submitted 5/10/2017 by Rainbow21

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

When I first got the book I was so exited when I first got the book, then I shared it with my family. It made me think of my friend across the street. It is so shocking. You should read the book. I think you will like it.

good book
Submitted 5/9/2017 by lulubot

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

Submitted 5/8/2017 by llama

Better Than It Looks
Submitted 5/7/2017 by GabiR2005

I liked this book.

Though the cover on this book is not very great, the book really is. Alyssa has to make the decision between studying for her conformation and doing ballet. To find out what Alyssa chooses to do, read: Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah Blues by: Ferida Wolff.

Fun!
Submitted 4/16/2017 by ollielove

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

Alyssa has to make a huge decision: Visit a very, very sick friend and be thrown out of the Nutcracker, or don't miss her rehearsal and perform in the Nutcracker. Which will she choose? What would you choose? This book teaches you the importance of friendship.

Big choice
Submitted 3/27/2017 by blue9

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

Alyssa is in a dance play. If you miss 3 rehearsals, you're out, but Alyssa has a very ill friend. She already missed 2 of her 3 rehearsals. What should she do?

Awesome
Submitted 3/13/2017 by ORBlonde

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I really liked this book because Alyssa took time from her rehearsal to see her sick friend. She even lost her spot in the play because of this. This book shows true friendship. I hope whoever chooses this book will enjoy it as much as I did!

Good Book
Submitted 3/8/2017 by lulubot

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

Good book.
Submitted 3/5/2017 by starwarslover

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

Alyssa loves to dance, but when her friend gets sick, she must decide if being in the Nutcracker means that much to her. She decides to help her friend even if it means she can't dance. Pink slippers, Bat Mitzvah blues is a great book. Read it!!!

THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK!!
Submitted 3/5/2017 by Miriamcremer

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This was a great book and i read it every day! I was stuck for days wondering what would happen it also gives you some time to think if you were in the situation that Alyssa was in what would you do. I really enjoyed reading this book and hope that you enjoy it as much as i did

Submitted 3/3/2017 by wolflover

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

Really good!! I recommend this book to others.

Awesome book I totally recommend it!
Submitted 3/2/2017 by read4ever

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I love dance so if you love dance I definitely recommend this book for you. At the beginning Allyssa is just getting her bat mitzvah and she is exited to get to go to dance more often like the rest of her dance class. Then suddenly Ellen her best friend gets sick and has to go to the hospital. Then when Ellen gets let out of the hospital she is empty on the inside and Ellen’s mom does not have the courage to help so Allyssa has to put dance and the nutcracker aside to help. To learn more check out Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah Blues.

This book shows a lot of caring
Submitted 3/2/2017 by NEF

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about friendship.

When Alyssa visits her friend she will do an thing for her to be well again, this shows how much she cares about others.

Great Story Lesson
Submitted 3/2/2017 by mike8569

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book made me feel that you should do things for friends even if it means not doing something that you like to do like ballet.

Okay
Submitted 3/1/2017 by Momto3Qts

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about friendship.

I liked this book a lot and it made me think about the thing teenagers have to do when juggling friends, school, religion, and their hobbies. I liked this book until its meh ending.

This is perfect for any jewish ballet dancer!
Submitted 2/14/2017 by unicornprincess

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

If you do ballet and you are jewish, this is the perfect book for you! This is an wonderful story about a girl who needs to sort out her priorities. Which is more important? Ballet, a jewish conformation class, or her very sick friend. I love this book and it made me think about if this could happen to me.

Sad at times, but otherwise good.
Submitted 2/9/2017 by GoMets

I liked this book.

If you find dancing boring or don't like it when people get sick, than don't read this book.

If you have a Bar Mitzvah coming up or like dancing, (or ballet,) than read this book.

I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to other people.

Great Book!!!
Submitted 2/4/2017 by lucykitty6

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This is a great book and it made me think about putting friends needs over your own, and of course, Jewish values. This is also a great book for people who love ballet!!!!

Heartbreaking and super good at the same time
Submitted 2/4/2017 by seferworm

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I think this book is great because of all the events that happen. For example when Alyssa is kicked out of the nutcracker she let it happen cause she was doing something for her friend that made her life special so overall this book made me understand friendship and love more!!!!!!!!!😂😂😂😂😍😍😍😍☺️☺️☺️☺️

It was meh
Submitted 2/4/2017 by Allergy2

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about friendship.

I thought it was okay......

READ THIS BOOK, UWILL LOVE IT!!
Submitted 2/4/2017 by StrawberryCutie

I loved this book!

This book is all about a girl who's friend is sick but she can't miss any of her rehearsals for the nutcracker or she'll be kicked out!! Read this book to find out more!!!! I would suggest this book for 9-13 year olds.

Confusing but Okay.
Submitted 2/3/2017 by MiniatureGoldiesRock

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about friendship.

Pretty good.

Amazing!!!
Submitted 2/3/2017 by maymay416

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book was amazing! It really showed what being a Jew and best friend is about! I would TOTALLY recommend this book!

Interesting!
Submitted 2/3/2017 by artreader

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

I think this book is very interesting because it pulls the reader in, makes the reader want to keep reading till the end. I advise you to read this book.

Deffenitly read now!
Submitted 2/3/2017 by CatGirlCellon

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

I loved the structure and plot! Read if into something but have to do other things too

LOVE IT
Submitted 2/2/2017 by sparky

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I loved it because I have the best friends, am Jewish, love to dance, and sometimes have to sort out my priorities.

LOVE IT
Submitted 2/2/2017 by sparky

pink slippers , bat mitzvah blues
Submitted 2/2/2017 by sshapirolinde2025

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I love the way she gets kicked out of the nutcracker for her best friend . I also loved the way she was heroic trying to get in the hospital to see her best friend .

I love this book!!!!
Submitted 2/2/2017 by noab

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

Alyssa has two lifes, her family and jewish life and her dancing life. She has two jobs. to help her best friend recover from sickness and to get through the Nutcracker.

REALLY Good book.
Submitted 2/1/2017 by jazzhands16

I loved this book!

This book helped me prepare a little bit for my Bat Mitzvah which is in April 2018. My friends are a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE part of my life and this made them an even bigger. Also, acting has been a huge part of my life and this made it even bigger. Same with Judaism.

I was a little disapointed, but over all liked it
Submitted 2/1/2017 by RazyRabbit

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I over all liked this book, but was over all liked it. I hoped it would be more about bat mitzvahs

This book was amazing but so sad
Submitted 2/1/2017 by readinglover1

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I really enjoyed this book. Ellen got sick and Alyssa was so kind to her. But at the same time The Rabbi was really pushing her to join a class.
Come and read this awesome book

Submitted 2/1/2017 by radost

Submitted 1/1/2017 by margalit

I loved this book!

I loved this book because even when things didn't go her way she kept trying. I think it's amazing how much you can accomplish if you put your mind to it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted 12/6/2016 by BiancaLani

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I like how Alyssa snuck in the hospital to see her friend.

dont get it
Submitted 12/6/2016 by airplanes

this book really confused me. so confusing

BEST BOOK EVER! 😝
Submitted 12/4/2016 by QUEENofKIDS

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I loved when Alyssa goes out of her way to help her best friend Ellen. At the end everyone gets their way. Will Alyssa be in "The Nutcracker?"

Good book!
Submitted 11/28/2016 by CPM

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

It was awesome!! Readers out there who haven't read it should read it!

awesome book !!!!
Submitted 11/2/2015 by snazzyjazzy

I loved this book!

This was an awesome book definetly recommend this book to others.It really talks about being nice friend while trying to accomplish something very important to her

GREAT BOOK!
Submitted 10/3/2015 by Dancer

I loved this book!

I loved this book! I can't say it enough. I thought that it wouldn't be good but it was great! I finished it this morning and I was so sad that it was over. READ IT!!!!!

I liked this book
Submitted 8/1/2015 by Design Team

Thumbs up!

I thought this was a book for girls, but after I read it, I liked it a lot. It was a hard for Alyssa and I wonder what I would do if I had to choose between something I love (baseball) and something else that is also important.
Akiva, age 11, Israel

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Ferida Wolff

Author of Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah Blues

“Someone once said that there is nothing new to write about in the world. I think that everything is new to all of us all of the time because we see things in different ways.”

As a child, Ferida Wolff liked to read and write, but she never thought she would grow up to become an author. For many years, Ferida taught elementary school and yoga. Then, one day while she was watching her daughter dance, Ferida got the idea for her very first book: Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah Blues. Since then, Ferida has been very busy! She has published 17 books for kids and 3 books for adults!

Ferida doesn’t just love to write; she also loves the outdoors. She has a blog called, “Ferida’s Backyard,” which is full of fun tips about how to grow plants and take care of the environment.

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