Braced: A Book Talk and Discussion

Date: Apr 03, 2017 - Apr 03, 2017

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Sponsor: The Library

Location: JTS

Category: Book Talks

Author Aly Gerber and Dr. Shira D. Epstein in Conversation

A discussion about building confidence in preteens using fiction and personal narrative

Monday, April 3, 2017, 5:00 p.m.


Aly Gerber’s young adult novel, Braced, is the story of a 12-year-old soccer player who learns she needs to wear a back brace 23 hours a day for her worsening scoliosis. As she adjusts to life with the brace, her confidence and self-image are shaken. Ultimately she discovers her own voice and learns how to face this challenge—plus all the others associated with being a preteen.

Gerber will share the personal experience that inspired Braced. She and Dr. Epstein will discuss how educators, parents, and adults can use contemporary fiction and personal narrative to talk about issues such as body image, confidence, self-advocacy, and expression with kids and teens.


Admission to the book talk is free, but reservations are required.

Please arrive early and have photo ID available.

This event is sponsored by The JTS Library. Dr. Shira D. Epstein, assistant professor of Jewish Education in the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, will serve as moderator.