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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.


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

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

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


German: Weinheim, Beltz & Gelberg, forthcoming
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The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop April 29 to May 5, 2018 Beit Ben-Yehuda, Jerusalem
After workshops in Berlin, Jerusalem and Straelen, the workshop will return to Jerusalem this spring. This workshop will focus on the participants translations. These are unfinished translations that have not yet been published. These will be sent to all participants. The workshop is open to 10 participants and is intended for literary translators with experience and publications. Workshop facilitators: Anne Birkenhauer and Gadi Goldberg Prerequisites: At least one published translation Duration: Sunday, April 29, 2018 until Saturday, May 5, 2018 Location: Beit Ben-Yehuda, 28 Ein Gedi St., 93383 Jerusalem Participation fee: Participation (Accommodation and meals) is free of charge. Travel / flight expenses will be refunded. For more details and for the documents required for submitting application: Anne Birkenhauer, and Gadi Goldberg,
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