Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Book Review: The Long Trail Home by Kiersi Burkhart and Amber J. Keyser

This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.

Rivka is a bit tired of synagogue life, in fact she is a bit tired of being so different from people because she is Jewish. She does not think she will even have a bat mitzvah, and doesn't really want one. Her parents send her to Quartz Creek Ranch, while her other siblings will experience a different kind of summer with different scenery and fun. As soon as she steps off the airplane, things start to become much different for her, from the person who holds up a sign for her, to her ranch mates, to the different lifestyle of working with horses that she is about to discover. Her ranch mates soon discover she is Jewish, and she is not sure how they are going to treat her later, they cared about her before they found out, so maybe it will not be as hard as she thinks.

What Rivka thought was going to be a miserable summer for her turned out to be a blessing for her, and she was glad she went to the ranch. Attending the ranch for the summer helped Rivka develop a new skill of working with horses

This book helped me to discover that some people who often feel rejected by most of the world sometimes hurt other people rejected by most of the world. When they find other things in common with people besides their religious backgrounds and/or races they tend to treat each other better.
The reason for the title of the book came towards the back of the book for me, but I think some people might be able to see it happening much sooner.

This is a great book for youth who are familiar with Jewish life and also for those about to participate in bar / bat mitzvahs. It also might be a great book for some non-Jewish youth to read to help them understand Jewish life better so they can better support those youth who are a part of it.

My review= 5 out of 5 stars

I received this book free for the purpose of reviewing it.

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