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The Sheep with a Black Spot

Amalia Rosenblum
AGE: 12 up

Lily is a gifted child from a good home. Her mother is an artist, her father manages a bakery, and both are busy searching for themselves. Lily is gifted at solving math problems, she’s interested in astronomy, loves literature and art, and is in love with her teacher.
But one day, her parents tell her that they are separating, and her life turns upside down. In a moment of distress, she adopts an old sheep with a black spot on its forehead and starts believing that it has supernatural powers. It is intelligent, understands what she says and gives her advice. With its help, Lily hopes to get her parents back together and also to impress her teacher. But looking after her mysterious guest gets complicated, and Lily seeks help from Zohar, a good-looking, shifty street kid, who is is a tattoo artist and has secrets of his own. The two become friends, but Lily’s life continues its downward path. She gets caught up in secrets and lies, but her parents are too busy with their own crisis to see what is happening.
How far will Lily go with her cover-ups and fantasies before the people around her notice that something has gone wrong?
A brilliant book, moving and full of humor, that boldly tackles the difficulties of adolescence and the problems of people who feel like outsiders.


PARTIAL ENGLISH TRANSLATION AVAILABLE (for publishers only).


Streams along so that one can’t put it down or part from the girl … Tumultuous, overwhelming dialogues.
 Haaretz

A courageous book … Very impressive … written with skill and originality.
Marmelada

A convincing coming-of-age book that any outsider, or even a classroom queen, can connect to.
Israel Hayom


Title The Sheep with a Black Spot
Author’s Last Name Rosenblum
Author's First Name Amalia
Language(s) Hebrew, German
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2014
No. Pages 284 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Zot Im Ha-Ketem Ha-Shachor
Representation Represented by ITHL

Translations

German: Weinheim, Beltz & Gelberg,2018
 
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