Sons of the 613 by Michael RubensSons of the 613 by Michael Rubens

Sons of the 613

byMichael Rubens

Hardcover | September 11, 2012

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Isaac's parents have abandoned him for a trip to Italy in the final days before his bar mitzvah. And even worse, his hotheaded older brother, Josh, has been left in charge. An undefeated wrestler, MMA fighter, and bar brawler, Josh claims to be a Son of the 613"-a man obedient to the six hundred and thirteen commandments in the Tanakh-and he has the tattoo to prove it. When Josh declares that there is more to becoming a man than memorization, the mad "quest" begins for Isaac. From jumpingoff cliffs and riding motorcycles, to standing-up to school bullies and surviving the potentially fatal Final Challenge, Josh puts Isaac through a punishing gauntlet that only an older brother could dream up. But when Isaac begins to fall for Josh's girlfriend, Leslie, the challenges escalate from bad to worse in this uproarious coming-of-age comedy."
Michael Rubens is a producer and correspondent for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee . In addition to The Bad Decisions Playlist he has published two novels: The Sheriff of Yrnameer (Pantheon), and Sons of the 613 (Clarion). His fourth novel is slated for publication in June of 2017. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker ...
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Title:Sons of the 613Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.06 inPublished:September 11, 2012Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547612168

ISBN - 13:9780547612164

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This is a book every bar-mitzvah boy will want to steal . . . Everyone should read it the moment he becomes a man."- Kirkus, starred review"Rubens creates a funny, frank portrayal of adolescent humiliation and the trouble with older brothers."- Publishers Weekly "Rubens neatly gets inside Isaac's head, and although there's something to offend almost everyone here, there's also plenty to think-and laugh-about as well."- Booklist "Rubens captures the nerdy geekiness of middle-school-aged boys in short and snappy, cleverly formatted chapters rich with sarcasm, humor, and pathos."- School Library Journal "