Braced: A Book Talk and Discussion

By :  The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary Posted On Apr 3, 2017 | Author Conversations: Between the Lines
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AUTHOR ALY GERBER AND DR. SHIRA D. EPSTEIN IN CONVERSATION

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

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 shares the personal experience that inspired Braced. She and Dr. Epstein 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.

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