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A Mystery From Afar
And Other Leah Lamdan Holiday Mysteries
By Chaya Hubner
Artscroll Youth Series - Mesorah Publications, New York: 2007
ISBN 10: 1-4226-0611-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-4226-0611-7

Reviewed by Simon Bonim - December 17, 2007

A Mystery From Afar is a collection of Leah Lamdan mysteries that all have a holiday theme. Written by Chaya Hubner, these stories are Frum, and are filled with Torah tidbits, real-life challenges, and they provide positive, Jewish, solutions to the problems that Leah and her family face.

There are eleven short stories in this collection, as well as a nine-chapter novella called The Crimson Atarah: A Rosh Chodesh Mystery. All the stories in this collection revolve around Leah and her family. The Lamdan's, as a family, have a knack for finding trouble, and for them, these occurrences most often occur near or during a Jewish holiday, such as Yom Kippur, Succos, Chanuakah, Tu B'Shevat, Taanis Esther, and the like. Leah's father is a Rabbi and the family is infused with Yiddishkeit, and they are often called upon to use their knowledge of Torah and the Sages to help fellow members in their community, to solve crimes, to deal with personal crisis, and to smooth over misunderstandings with the non-Jewish world.

Although this book is part of the Artscroll's Youth series, it is a book for the entire family, and it is one that you will want to read over and over again. The stories are full of meaningful lessons and Hubner's writing is engaging, and full of positive role models and extremely uplifting, vibrantly reinforcing HaShem's role in our lives and how faith can change the world!

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