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Mrs. Kaputnik's Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium

Ten-year-old Shoshi and her younger brother Moshe are miserable in their Russian village. But then the unexpected happens. They escape to New York, search for their father and fight off bullies, all with the help of Snigger … their dragon!
Ages 9+
Pages 192
Publisher Tundra Books

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76 Reviews

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Stick to your plan and you will definitely succeed!

Review by Annabel

Shoshi and Moshe Kaputnik are the main characters in this fantasy novel. They are little kids who live in Russia. They have a pet dragon, Snigger. They and their mother move to America in search of their father. He had left them five years ago to find a job, promising to come back and bring them to America with him. He never came back. It is July when they get there. They land on Ellis Island. A few important things happen on their journey: They find a place for Snigger to hide, so they can get through Ellis Island. More exciting things occur, but you need to read the book to find out! The Kaputniks move in with their uncle, aunt, and cousin in New York City. However, when their money is stolen by their relatives, Shoshi, Moshe and their mother have to run the family restaurant. Over the course of the story, Shoshi grows into a nicer, smarter girl. Moshe becomes tougher and stronger. I liked how the siblings never fought, and I liked how when the children and their father were reunited they went straight to asking what he was doing while they were away. I learned that if you stick to your plan the whole way, and you work hard while doing it, you will definitely succeed.

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Amazing book

Review by potterymaker

This was a really great read! I really like dragons so I especially liked this one!

Aug 09, 2021 11:09 AM
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Adorable read.....

Review by DalaiMommaDrama

I took the time to read this book with my little brother. He really enjoyed it too. These adorable kids, Shoshi and Moshe are living in Russia with their mother and pet dragon. Yes, a pet dragon, and now I wish I could have a pet dragon. They travel to America in search of their father. There is a mystery behind his absence. He went there in search of a job many years ago and never returned and they had absolutely no correspondence from him this entire time. Going to America comes with its obstacles. For one, I don't think that pet dragons are something people are used to seeing. In fear that it could cause a major catastrophe, they have to hide their oversized pet somewhere while they get into America. From there the story just begins with many other obstacles and adventures in this new world. I bet you want to know if they ever found their father and if so what had he been up to? What happens to this loveable family and their dynamic pet? I recommend you read this wonderful book.

Jun 01, 2021 08:50 PM
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The Best Book Review

Review by Brownbear

Just amazing!

May 04, 2021 03:39 PM
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Not Very Good

Review by salami

There was no character growth. None of the people in the book changed one bit. That made it very boring because everybody stayed the exact same.

May 03, 2021 09:32 PM
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Really Good Book

Review by pandabear8

I think this was a really good book and I loved reading it. I think it was also a little bit strange. It is awesome and you can have many thoughts, I thought it was great. I loved this book and I have read it many times.

Sep 06, 2020 01:30 PM