The Ninth Night of Hanukkah

by Erica S Perl (Author) Shahar Kober (Illustrator)

The Ninth Night of Hanukkah
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
A heartwarming picture book with a fresh twist on a Hanukkah celebration: celebrating a ninth night with new neighbors and friends! It's Hanukkah, and Max and Rachel are excited to light the menorah in their family's new apartment. But, unfortunately, their Hanukkah box is missing. So now they have no menorah, candles, dreidels, or, well, anything! Luckily, their neighbors are happy to help, offering thoughtful and often humorous stand-in items each night. And then, just as Hanukkah is about to end, Max and Rachel, inspired by the shamash ("helper") candle, have a brilliant idea: they're going to celebrate the Ninth Night of Hanukkah as a way to say thanks to everyone who's helped them! This book is not only a heartwarming and fun story, it's also an invitation to join in a beautiful new Hanukkah tradition!
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Review quotes

"Children will enjoy watching the family's cat reacting to the various goings-on and seeing the furnishings gradually replacing boxes over the course of the story. Instructions for a DIY "Shamash Night" close the book." —Kirkus
Erica S Perl

Erica S. Perl is the author of many popular and critically acclaimed books for young readers. Her picture books include Chicken Butt!, Goatilocks and the Three Bears, and Ferocious Fluffity. She is a crowd-pleasing presenter at schools, libraries, and community events. Erica honed her skills working as a trial lawyer in New York City, and, before that, studying theater and driving an ice cream truck. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her family, which includes dogs and - of course - guinea pigs.

Amy Young has written and illustrated many picture books for children. These include the series A Unicorn Named Sparkle, about a mail-order unicorn, and the Belinda the Ballerina series, about a graceful ballerina who has enormous feet. Like Erica, Amy has had many jobs over the years, having worked as a waitress, a construction worker, a farm hand, and an attorney. She loves her current job best of all. Amy lives in western Michigan with her charming husband Paul and their domineering cat, Xena, Warrior Kitty.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Union Square Kids
Publication date
September 20, 2020
BISAC categories
JUV013000 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | General
JUV033020 - Juvenile Fiction | Religious | Jewish
JUV017110 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Hanukkah
Library of Congress categories

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