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: https://www.torahthroughliterature.com/chanuka-books-2020/

We’re the Five Star Detectives!

Hi, everyone. We’re the Five Star Detectives, and we work together to solve mysteries.

Our first big mystery was The Case of the Disappearing Chanukah Candles, and there’s a book about how we solved that one. We’ve solved some little cases since then, mostly around our house. But now there’s a new book about our second big case, called The Case of the Unfair Science Fair, and it tells about a big mystery at my school.

My name’s Shimmy, and I’m pretty much in charge of the Five Star Detectives. (I’m the oldest, age 11). But my brothers and sister all help out in different ways.

Adina is 10, and she’s real into art. She’s got a real good eye for that, so sometimes she sees clues the rest of us miss.

Yitzy is 8. He likes to tell jokes. Sometimes that can be pretty annoying, especially when you’re trying to concentrate on the clues. But other times it makes us laugh. And sometimes we really need to laugh. Things can get pretty tense when the clues aren’t adding up. Or pretty sticky if you have to interrogate a suspect, especially if the suspect is your friend — and you want to keep it that way.

Nosson is 7. He’s our note taker. He’s just learning to write, and he’s not very neat. Besides that, he doesn’t spell so good. Sometimes it’s not easy to figure out his notes, but in the end those notes usually help out a lot.

Miri is only 4, and she’s pretty cute. I used to think What can a really little kid do to help solve mysteries? But, after our two big cases, I learned the answer is: A lot!

All the Five Star Detectives are going to take turns writing here. Adina will probably have to fix Nosson’s spelling. And I can’t think of how Miri is going to write anything. But she always wants to do what the rest of us are doing, so she says she’ll write. And, who knows? Like I said before, sometimes the littlest Five Star Detective can surprise everyone!