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Big Brother

Uri Orlev
AGE: 9-12

What happens to a 10-year-old boy whose father is killed in war? Orlev tells Yossi’s story sensitively and convincingly, shedding light on a painful topic many children have to cope with.
Yossi's mother and teacher worry a lot: Yossi has stopped studying and behaves wildly. After talking it over with the teacher, his mother proposes that he meet a "big brother." That's a college student who "does things that a father would do," she explains to Yossi, because "boys whose fathers have died need to be around a man."
The book deals with the up-and-down relationship that develops between the two. Yossi has fun with his new friend, who has a sports car and a dog, but he also gets angry and suspicious, especially when he discovers that Yoav has a girlfriend. The plot twists and turns, but eventually common sense triumphs. "Do you know what I dreamed about when I was your age?" Yoav asks Yossi one day. "I wanted to build a high tree-house and to sleep there in the summer." And you can be sure that Yoav’s dream, which also captures Yossi’s fancy, will come true.

Illustrations: Danny Kerman

Big Brother
Title Big Brother
Author’s Last Name Orlev
Author's First Name Uri
Language(s) Hebrew
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1983
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 2016
No. Pages 90 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ach Boger
Representation Represented by ITHL

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