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Big Brother

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.

Title Big Brother
Writer's Last Name Orlev
Writer's First Name Uri
Genre Children
Ages 9-12
Illustrations Danny Kerman
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
No. Pages 90pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ach Boger