They Call Him Judah
Judah’s the new kid, and Barney, who is constantly being impressed by him, enjoys taking Judah around school. The boys learn about trust and loyalty while gaining a greater understanding of friendship and the value of family. Barney learns all of these things and discovers his missing confidence through Judah. Yet, as the friendship grows, they somehow find reality and fantasy colliding. More
In, They Call Him Judah, Judah and Barney become fast friends. Both boys are caring and trusting. Throughout the story Barney experiences some strange occurrences when around Judah. Judah’s the new kid, and Barney, who is constantly being impressed by Judah, enjoys taking him around the school. Judah is quickly introduced to a Bully in this story. On several occasions, Judah and Barney find ways to get out of the situations without harm. Unfortunately, the Bully is relentless which leads to a showdown with Judah. This is only the beginning, as reality and make-believe start to cross, engaging Barney, his friends, and the Bully into a waking dream.
Pg. 52 We weren’t far at all from the lake when we heard the first scream. Instantly we were running in the direction of the lake. Judah was in the lead, he was holding back because he didn’t want to get too far ahead of us. Joe and me were right behind him and Manny was pullin’ up the rear. My heart was pumping so hard I could feel it in my ears. The trees were rushing by us. At first all we could hear were screams of terror. None of us spoke, but I’m sure we were all thinking about what we were going to find up ahead.
The boys learn about trust and loyalty. They gain greater understanding of friendship and the importance of family. Barney learns all of these things and discovers his missing confidence through Judah.