Sam I Am
Sam I Am
Sam I Am
Ilene Cooper
When Sam realizes his interfaith parents can't figure out how to celebrate the holidays, he turns to God for answers.Twelve-year-old Sam Goodman knows the holidays are going to be difficult when his dog knocks over the Hanukkah bush/Christmas tree. His Jewish father and Christian mother have never quite figured out how to celebrate both holidays, and when the tree goes down, their resentments, simmering for so long, boil over. His older sister and younger brother don't seem to have any solutions for the family's predicament; his best friend Avi seems to know who he is as he prepares for his Bar Mitzvah; his secret crush, Heather, knows who she is and who she wants to associate with.

Book Details


  • Faith-based
  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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This book is about a boy who lives in a family that has mixed religions. Sam's mom is Christian and Sam's dad is Jewish. As Sam learns more about both religions he tries to figure out what religion he wants to become. Sam asks many people about theire religions in order to understand more about his family and himself. Sam decides to finally ask God about himself and religions. But Sam finally sees that God doesn't answer back, and Sam finds that maybe his anwers to his questions about religion might be right near him.

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In this book, a boy named Sam has a very diverse family. His dad is Jewish. His mom is Christian. His grandmas are very religious, and don't appreciate the other religion. Sam is very confused about his religion, and trys to talk to God. He doesn't get the answers he expected. Then Sam's class starts learning about the Holocaust, which greatly upsets him. Meanwhile, Sam is acting like any other teenage boy. He is fantasizing about going out with a girl (he eventually gets his dream), who everyone else thinks is snobby.

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