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The Vine Awards for Jewish Literature Shortlists Announced, feat. Botha, Behrens, & More!

The Vine Awards for Jewish Literature Shortlists Announced, feat. Botha, Behrens, & More!

From Mordecai Richler to David Bezmozgis and countless writers in between (and upcoming), Canadian literature has benefited from the rich voices of Jewish writers since its inception.To honour that legacy ...

August 17, 2017
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Naseem Hrab’s latest book

Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend

Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend

Meet Ira Crumb. He’s the new kid in town. He knows what that means: when the new school year starts, he’ll play alone at recess, eat alone at lunch, and walk home alone at the end of the day. So Ira launches a whole-hearted campaign to befriend neighborhood kids before the first day. But his best-laid plans — A sandwich stand! A dance-off! — fall flat, and playing it cool doesn’t seem to work either.
Just as Ira decides school will be HORRIBLE, a comical misunderstanding connects him with Malcolm, who was the new kid last year and totally gets it — and who, it turns out, will make a pretty good friend. 
Full of comedic touches, comics-style storytelling, and a diverse cast of quirky characters, this hilarious debut picture book puts an endearing spin on the anxiety that accompanies change and making friends.