No Vacancy by Tziporah Cohen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781773064109
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Published: Groundwood Books - September 1st, 2020

I'm calling it now: Cohen is the new Kate DiCamillo. This book is silly and whimsical, yet it's also a deeply touching family story with an ending that will have you in happy tears. It has DiCamillo's oft-used themes of religious tension, family members struggling to feel seen by each other, and big characters in small towns. Eleven-year-old Miriam's parents buy a motel in upstate New York and move out of the city to run it. But the motel is run down, and few people seem to be interested in visiting the tiny town it's in. Along with a new friend, Miriam hatches a plan to lure guests to town. At the same time, she's worrying that her Jewish family won't be accepted by the townspeople, helping the diner lady make grape pies, and conquering her fear of water in the motel pool. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky