by Natasha Rosenstock

An Oddly Different Heroine for Orthodox Girls

Her punk clothes are tzniusdik (modest) and she hides out in the high school bathroom to write poetry, rather than smoke cigarettes. In Never Mind the GoldBergs (Scholastic, $16.95) by Matthue Roth, Hava Aaronson relishes her brand of self-expression. Though Orthodox and living in Brooklyn, she cuts and dyes her own hair into various punk styles. Her mother is a workaholic with a powerful career predicting the future of money, and she is being rasied primarily by her father. Surprise: this strong young feminist character comes from a 26- year-old man.

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