Sons of the 613

Sons of the 613

By Michael Rubens

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547612164, 305pp.

Publication Date: September 2012

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, Joshclaims to bea "Son of the 613" a man obedient to the six hundred and thirteen commandments in the Tanakh and he hasthe tattoo to prove it.When Joshdeclares that there is more to becoming a man than memorization, the mad "quest" begins for Isaac. From jumping off 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.

About the Author
Michael Rubens was a producer for several years for the award-winning Daily Show with Jon Stewart, writing and directing field pieces with Stephen Colbert, among others. Michael has also been a host, writer, and producer of several programs on the Travel Channel, and has written and produced for CNN, Oxygen, and other networks. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For Sons of the 613

"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."