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Aaron Shepard
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Jan. 1 2005

Timothy Tolliver and his friend Arnie Rosenberg have a problem -- a gang of older bullies called the Stinks. But besides being a fourth-grader, Timothy is also a world-class inventor. He and Arnie get the bright idea of defending themselves with Timothy's science-project robot.

When their first try fails, Timothy finds a way to update the mystical formulas that gave life to the Jewish clay monster, the Golem. The robot comes alive, and it looks like their worries are over -- till the robot stops following orders and takes matters into its own hands.

Can Timothy bring his creation back under control? Find out, as the Golem legend replays in a modern American elementary school.

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Aaron Shepard is the award-winning author of "The Baker's Dozen," "The Sea King's Daughter," "The Monkey King," and many more children's books. His stories have appeared often in Cricket magazine, while his Web site is known internationally as a prime resource for folktales, storytelling, and reader's theater. Once a professional storyteller, Aaron specializes in lively retellings of folktales and other traditional literature, which have won him honors from the American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Bank Street College of Education, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the American Folklore Society.

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"Many children will be intrigued by a mechanical figure that comes to life." -- School Library Journal, June 2005

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Arnie walked all around the robot, admiring it. "You know what this reminds me of? The Golem."

"The Golem?" said Timothy. "What's that?"

"It's from an old legend we heard in Hebrew school. A few hundred years ago, a lot of Jews in Europe were getting killed by mobs, all because of some stupid rumors started by their enemies. This one rabbi wanted to protect the Jews of his city, so he made a man of clay and brought it to life. It was so strong, nothing could stand against it. They called it the Golem."

"Kind of like Frankenstein?" said Timothy.

"Yeah, but the Golem came first, and that was probably where the idea for Frankenstein came from." Arnie grinned. "Wouldn't it be cool if this robot could protect us from the Stinks, like the Golem protected the Jews?"

Timothy grinned too. Then they both stopped grinning and looked at each other.

"You don't think . . . ." started Arnie.

"I don't know," said Timothy. "I don't see why not."


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Grade 3-5–In this story based on a Jewish legend about a man made of clay built to protect the Jews from getting killed several hundred years ago, Timothy creates a Golem out of his science-fair robot to protect himself and his friend, Arnie, from a group of bullies. A few computer commands saved on a disk do the trick. "Joe" is full of surprises, from mowing the neighborhood's lawns to sending bullies flying through the air. Unfortunately, it's suddenly Golem meets Frankenstein as Joe gets out of control, which includes mistakenly tying up the teacher. While many children will be intrigued by a mechanical figure that comes to life, it may be asking too much to suspend disbelief over the fact that the robot was fairly easy to create by a fourth grader, and that it fooled adults into thinking it was a real person. Expressions such as "Holy Hanukkah" and "Perilous Passover" sound campy and might be lost on readers who are unfamiliar with the Jewish terms. A couple of books that explain the legend are included in an endnote.– Kelly Czarnecki, Bloomington Public Library, IL
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Many children will be intrigued by a mechanical figure that comes to life. -- School Library Journal, June 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent book May 11 2013
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Just yesterday I had got a sample of this book. Today I had to buy it because of its funny ways and crazy simmilarities to real life
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great story with a lesson for the young ones... May 7 2013
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I bought this little story book for my two grandnephews and grandnieces to read. I have read it with them and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The lesson of how to deal with bullies is very important for children and the author did a fantastic job of letting the young people know. We loved reading this book. I highly recommend this book to all parents who are looking for something with a lesson about manners and bullying.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Short and very good May 5 2013
By Miriam Fabri - Published on Amazon.com
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I chose this rating because my son loved it. The story was enjoyable and funny. Apart from that children can learn a great deal just by reading the story. I recommend this book for young readers and teenagers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From a third grader April 14 2013
By chemgirl29 - Published on Amazon.com
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I like it because it tells the story about bullies and how they change and how to stand up to a bully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book March 20 2013
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The book was short but fun I loved reading it. Plus I loved the jokes it made me laugh lol
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love this Book!:) May 25 2013
By PAETRA ORUETA - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a great book and teaches kids like me to use your imaginations to solve problems and just be creative. The downside to this Book is that it is a little short and the ending was very sudden too. I read it in a couple of days. Other than that, it was an amazing book. I would definitely recommend this book.
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