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Jordan and the Dreadful Golem
Jordan and the Dreadful Golem

Jordan and the Dreadful Golem

By Karen Goldman, Illustrated by Rachel Moseley



224 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Cloth, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $15.95)

Publication Date: November 2013

ISBN 9780983868521

Rights: WOR

Penlight Publications (Nov 2013)


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The children of the Israeli town of Keshet are born with the ability to bend nature to their will and 13-year-old Jordan has just discovered his gift of the power to transform into water. All of Jordan’s friends have unique powers: Noam can alter cloud formations, Ellah can spin webs, and little Eden can create the strange animals she sees in her dreams. No one knows the source of these powers except, perhaps, Miss Sara, the mysterious town matriarch who helps the children find and control their talents using Kabbalah and other mystical teachings from Israel’s forgotten past. However, someone has discovered the secret of the children of Keshet, and wants to use their powers for his own sinister purposes. To prevent such a disaster, Jordan and his friends must use their gifts to defeat an enemy who wields the power to erase the line between the living and the dead. Incorporating Jewish mythology and referencing various practices of Judaism, this book is a tale of friendship and the power of teamwork in the face of adversity.


"...a fast-paced mystery that will be sure to hook young readers.... Goldman writes with economy and spunk…. The high-octane plot moves along through authentic kid dialogue....This book, which should appeal to both boy and girls and especially to reluctant readers, is highly recommended."  —Hillary Homzie, Author, Alien Clones from Outer Space series

"Jewish tweens and teens who enjoyed the Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling may find themselves charmed." —San Diego Jewish World

"Jordan’s preteen first-person narration drives debut author Goldman’s intriguing take on Jewish mythology, which is still not very common in youth fiction. It should interest younger children who enjoy a good magical adventure with real mythology behind it." —Booklist Online 

Author Biography

This is Karen Goldman's first book. She lives in Jerusalem, Israel and spends part of her time in Northern California. She is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Rachel Moseley is an illustrator and art teacher whose work has been shown in galleries across the United States. She holds a degree in traditional illustration from the Academy of Art University. She lives in San Francisco.