Sons of the 613
By Michael Rubens
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547612164, 320pp.)
Publication Date: September 11, 2012
Isaac is preparing for his bar mitzvah when his older brother Josh, a self-proclaimed "Super Jew" and undefeated wrestler, forces him into a quest to become a man: shooting a gun, riding a motorcycle, playing pool, and falling in love...and that's just the beginning.
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, Rob Corddry, Samantha Bee, Ed Helms and other Daily Show correspondents. In addition to his work with the Daily Show, Michael has also been a host, writer, and producer of several programs on the Travel Channel, including Eclipse Chasers: Ghana and Drew Carey’s Sporting Adventures: World Cup. Michael has also written and produced for CNN, Oxygen and other networks. He has appeared as a guest commentator on VH1’s infamous celebrity-bashing programs. His first novel, The Sheriff of Yrnameer, was published last year. This is his first book for young adults. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
"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."
"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."