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The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story By Lemony Snicket

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Don’t be afraid of the title–this is very much a book for Hanukkah! With biting wit, this book explores the challenges we all face as “the holiday season” rolls around. A runaway latke leaps from a frying pan to avoid being eaten, but when he tries (loudly) to explain to the Christian world–in the form of a Christmas tree, a string of lights, and a candy cane–that he has nothing to do with Christmas (“Maybe you can be served alongside a Christmas ham”) he becomes increasingly frustrated. In the end, the latke finds his place in the world, and ends up as all good latkes should.

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Laurel SnyderLaurel Snyder is most recently the author of Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher (a picture book) and Penny Dreadful (a middle grade novel). She lives in Atlanta and online at

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