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Julia's Kitchen

by Brenda A. Ferber

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Very well done. Young girl loses her mother and sister to a house fire. She works through her grief with cooking. Touching. Good use and explanation of Jewish words. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Julia's Kitchen is the name of Cara's mom's catering business. Cara, 11 years-old, loves to bake and she especially likes to help her mom in the kitchen. But one day there is a terrible tragedy and Cara loses her mom and sister in a fire. Not knowing how to cope or how to move forward this is a story about loss, doubt as well as acceptance. Cara struggles to move on and questions God's role in her life along with her faith in religion. Her father has completely withdrawn and Cara wishes she had been in the fire too. But then Cara decides to continue her mom's business and realizes the best way to cope is to continue moving forward. A great story that might be too intense for young readers, but definitely a must read for anyone that has to deal with losing someone special.
  LMKatz | Oct 2, 2010 |
this girl named cara was at her friends house, and while she was at her friends house her house burnt down and her mother and sister died in the fire, and her dad made it out of the fire. her mother went bake in , to get her sister. ( )
  jessialana | Jan 14, 2010 |
Julia's life changes forever in the matter of a morning. After staying all night with a friend Julia finds out there was a fire at her house and her mother and sister died of smoke inhalation. Julia is not sure how to cope with this loss or how to feel toward her father who made it out of the fire alive. Why did this happen? Why did her dad leave without her mom and sister? What will happen to their family now? These are all questions Julia has, but can not get answered until her dad decides to talk about what happened that morning. ( )
  wdbookworm | May 15, 2009 |
Written nicely in a way to help young people deal with the lose of a family member. ( )
  marsh2 | Jun 16, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374399328, Hardcover)

Cara Segal is a born worrier. She figures her worrying works like a whisper in God’s ear – if Cara’s concerned about car crashes, kidnappings, or murders, she lets God know, and he always
spares her. But Cara never thought to worry about a fire. And one night while she’s sleeping at a friend’s house, her house catches fire, and her mother and younger sister are both killed.
Throughout shiva, the initial Jewish mourning period, Cara can’t help wondering about God’s role in the tragedy. And what is her father’s role in her life now? He walks around like a ghost
and refuses to talk about the fire. Cara longs for her family and her home, where sweet smells filled the house as Cara’s mom filled orders for her catering business, Julia’s Kitchen. Then one
day a call comes in for a cookie order, and Cara gets a wild idea. Maybe by bringing back Julia’s Kitchen, she can find a way to reconnect with everything she’s lost.

Complete with a glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms and a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, this debut novel is a joyous tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit.
 
Julia's Kitchen is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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When her mother and younger sister are killed in a house fire, eleven-year-old Cara struggles to find a way to deal with her emotions and to reach out to her grieving father.

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