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The Chosen

Author: Chaim Potok
Reviewer's Age: Grade 11

This book is about two Jewish boys who live about five blocks from each other their whole lives. They live very different lifestyles, though. Danny Sanders belongs to a very orthodox Hasidic group. Reuven Malthers is a conservative Jew but lives an American teenage life as well. Their schools play each other and by accident Danny hits Reuven in the eye while pitching to him. From that accident they begin to see each cother more and eventually build a friendship even though they are really different.

I liked the book because it showed that people should never be judged by their appearance or what they are thought to be like – what matters is what’s inside (their personality).