'Yaakov the Pirate Hunter' by Nathaniel Wyckoff is not my usual reading fare, I'll be honest. But I've come to realise that there are so few orthodox Jewish authors out there, that I have to do everything I can to try to spread their word about their books and work, even if it's in a genre that I don't usually 'do'.
Hence, a week spent reading 'Yaakov the Pirate Hunter' by Nathaniel Wyckoff. The book is fiction (I know, like duh! you figured that out without me...) but where it's extremely unusual is that it combines a kind of gentle sci-fi, futuristic vibe with some extremely orthodox characters - for kids!!
I don't have small kids at home these days, but I can tell you that when I was trying to find suitable, fun, reading material for my pre-teens a while back, the frum fiction world had me gnashing my teeth and yearning for Anne of Green Gables - even with its somewhat derogatory caricature of a Jewish peddler.
But at least it wasn't set in World War II!!! At least it wasn't set in a girls' school in Bnei Brak!!! At least there was more to the plot than finding a good shidduch or running away from rabid Ukrainian peasants who were trying to kill you!!!
So, 'Yaakov the Pirate Hunter' makes a very welcome, and refreshing addition to the frum children's lit world. The pace is fast enough to keep the kids' attention, and the plot is interesting enough to keep you guessing until the last page, and best of all - they keep shabbos!!!
And still talk about pirates, treasure hunts and robots.
So if you're looking for an engaging Jewish fiction book for 7-11 crowd, I highly recommend this book, which is the first in a series of three.
You can get the book on Amazon, HERE.
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