Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of more than 90 books for children and young adults, including the #1 Canadian national bestseller _A Porcupine in a Pine Tree_ (Scholastic Canada) and the international bestseller _Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13_ (Henry Holt). Her books have won multiple awards and been translated into ten languages. A New York native, Helaine has lived in Toronto, Canada for more than 20 years.
A compelling read. Recommended. --CM Magazine An excellent addition to a high school reader's collection. --Jewish Book Council Becker presents the harsh treatment of an ethnic group in a way children will be able to understand and question. --Quill and Quire Gol's strength, and his story are the real soul of this novel, and I was fascinated watching this traditional Jewish folk story come to life. ****/4 stars--Mabel's Fables Raves and Faves Gottika is the perfect mashup that results in a great read; one that kept me awake until I turned the last page. --Sheryl McFarlane Iconic elements of Jewish persecution give this story a historical grounding as well as a depth. The cues open up a space for conversation about travesties that have taken place while also encouraging readers to immerse themselves in a space of injustice and to read a story of the disenfranchised. --Jeunesse Lovers of fantasy, myths and legends, action comics, a hero's quest, and even Dungeons and Dragons fans will want to keep reading late into the night. And this story will continue to resonate the morning after. --National Reading Campaign