The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen

Longlist, National Book Awards 2022 for Young People's Literature

book cover for Isaac Blum, The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen
ISBN 9780593525821
Philomel Books / Penguin Random House
author photo of Isaac Blum. (Photo credit: Milton Lindsay)
Isaac Blum

Isaac Blum is a writer and educator. He’s taught English at several colleges and universities, and at Orthodox Jewish and public schools. More about this author >

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Hoodie Rosen’s life isn’t that bad. Sure, his entire Orthodox Jewish community has just picked up and moved to the quiet, mostly non-Jewish town of Tregaron, but Hoodie’s world hasn’t changed that much. He’s got basketball to play, studies to avoid, and a supermarket full of delicious kosher snacks to eat. The people of Tregaron aren’t happy that so many Orthodox Jews are moving in at once, but that’s not Hoodie’s problem.

That is, until he meets and falls for Anna-Marie Diaz-O’Leary—who happens to be the daughter of the obstinate mayor trying to keep Hoodie’s community out of the town. And things only get more complicated when Tregaron is struck by a series of antisemitic crimes that quickly escalate to deadly violence.

As his community turns on him for siding with the enemy, Hoodie finds himself caught between his first love and the only world he’s ever known.

Isaac Blum delivers a wry, witty debut novel about a deeply important and timely subject, in a story of hatred and betrayal—and the friendships we find in the most unexpected places.