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14-year old MIRA LEVY’s imagination takes her away to worlds where she can be anything she wants: a spy, a painter, a famous movie director, and more. But in reality Mira feels trapped. Mira is a good orthodox Jewish girl, and she believes good Jewish girls never do anything.

After Mira breaks down in tears in the Beth Isaac school psychologist’s office, she confesses to DR. K that she thinks of herself as stupid and unimportant. Dr. K asks her to start a private blog to give her an emotional outlet. He tells her she matters, and he asks her to write about herself. He also has her take an IQ test to prove to her just how bright she really is.


Mira blogs about her longing for a true friend, and soon gets one in the form of the new girl in school, HARMONY. Harmony has only recently become orthodox, and Mira helps her with her questions about Judaism. But things are not going so well for Mira at home. Her older sister acts like Mira doesn’t exist, her brothers tease her, and her mother’s answer to every question Mira asks is always “no.”   

In the end Mira finds her voice and the courage to speak up for herself. With help from Dr. K, Harmony, and Harmony’s anything-but-orthodox mom, Mira learns to value herself, the strong-willed women in her life, and her Jewish heritage.

THE SECRET LIFE OF MIRA LEVY is a semi-autobiographical novel based on Shevi Arnold’s adolescent years as the daughter of an orthodox rabbi and a strong-willed Jewish mother. As if to prove the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction, the more absurd parts of the book are actually true.  The less absurd fictional parts were added to turn that absurdity into a cohesive story. Shevi wishes she were a good enough writer to make the real parts seem real, but no one is that good. Not when it comes to writing, anyway.