Good News and Bad News

Hey, it’s Yitzy. From the Five Star Detectives.

You’ve probably heard those good news-bad news jokes. Well, I DON’T have one for you. And, if you’ve read the books about me and my brothers and sisters, you know it’s not like me to NOT have a joke. But this is serious stuff I’m talking about here.

The good news is that Chanukah is right around the corner, starting in 3 days! The bad news is that you only have 3 days to buy presents for your family before the holiday starts. But there’s MORE GOOD NEWS. Chanukah lasts 8 days.

So you’ve got 8 MORE DAYS to buy presents!

One of the best things to give somebody is a book. And if they’re a slow reader, like my brother Nosson, it’ll take them 8 more days to finish it! And then they can read it to their kid sisters, like Nosson could do with Miri, who’s only 4.

My brothers and sisters all like books. Shimmy – he’s 10 – likes mysteries that give him ideas about how we can solve our next mystery. Adina, who’s 9, likes mysteries, too. And she likes books about girls who are friends with each other. Yuck! Miri likes books with lots of pictures. Even Ima and Abba like books. Stuff they can read on Shabbas. (That’s kind of the only time we give them a break and let them read.)

Be sure and check out the Chanukah books here for some good ideas.

Happy Chanukah to everyone!


Win a FREE book – or 3!

Okay, so this is really exciting. I mean, not just a little exciting, but REALLY exciting.

By the way, I’m Adina. I’m 10, and I’m one of the Five Star Detectives. We solve mysteries, like we did in The Case of the Disappearing Chanukah Candles and The Case of the Unfair Science Fair. I wouldn’t have forgotten to introduce myself, except for I’m REALLY excited, like I said.

My brother Nosson wrote here last time about how he’s hoping Ima and Abba will buy him books for Chanukah. But I just found out about a way you can WIN a free Chanukah book. Or win 3 Chanukah books! (Actually, your parents have to do it for you, because it has to be a grown up entering the contest. But they won’t mind. It’s just a couple clicks on the computer.

Five people who’ve written books about Chanukah got together and they’re having this raffle. The big winner will get to pick 3 of their books. And a second winner gets to pick 1 book. My brothers and sister and I are happy that our Chanukah story is one of the books the winners can pick!

So be sure and have your parents or another adult enter. They can get a kids book for you or a book for themselves — and it will be like a present from you, because you’re the one who told them about the contest! Just tell them to go here.

The Best Gift for Chanukah

Hi. Nosson here. I’m seven, and I help my brothers and sisters solve mysteries. You know me from the Five Star Detectives books. I’m the one who’s always eating snacks. And taking notes. Sometimes I spell things wrong in my notes… A big thank-you to my sister Adina, who read this first and fixed my spelling and other stuff.

You might think the thing I’d want most for Chanukah is a bunch of snacks. And I wouldn’t say no if that’s what someone gave to me. But what I really want is books. I’m not great yet at reading, but I try. And I like when Adina or my parents read to me.

There are lots of great books out there, not just kid books, but even books for grown-ups like Ima and Abba.

If you’re looking to buy a present for someone in your family (or maybe me), check out some of these: