Welcome to part five of The Big 5 (+1) here at The Hub. This series of posts takes a look at young adult fiction that in some way involves the five major belief systems, as well as a sixth post (forthcoming) on Agnosticism and Atheism. Today’s post will focus on Judaism; I’ve written previously about Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.
As I described in my post on Christianity, Judaism is second only to Christianity in terms of number of YA books published, so there was a LOT of literature out there to choose from for this post. The books I will highlight are only a small sample; you can also take a look at this great post by Amy for more titles that involve the Jewish faith.
Wide Awake by David Levithan
In this novel, well-known author Levithan writes about a future United States where a gay Jewish man has been elected President. The governor of Kansas calls the election results of his state into question, creating a massive political firestorm of rallies and protests. Teenaged couple Jimmy and Duncan decide to take part in the action, and learn a lot about themselves, their country, and what it means to truly try and make a difference.