Honey and Me

Out with Scholastic Press, OCTOBER 18TH, 2022!

Fans of Judy Blume, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, and The Penderwicks will love this funny, charismatic story of a Jewish girl striving to forge her own identity in the shadow of her fearless best friend. Winner of the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award!

​​​​​​​To Milla Bloom everything seems easy for her best friend, Honey Wine. Milla envies Honey’s confidence, her charm, and her big, chaotic, loving family ― especially when they provide a welcome escape from Milla’s small family and their silent house. The two friends do everything and go everywhere together. So when Honey joins Milla’s school for sixth grade, why is it not as great as Milla expected? Will she ever find the courage to step out of Honey’s shadow and into her own spotlight? Set in a modern Orthodox Jewish community in an American suburb, Honey and Me follows Milla and Honey through the course of sixth grade, and the holidays of the Jewish calendar, as they encounter dramas large and small: delivering meals to their unpredictable elderly neighbor, trying to impress the most popular teacher, accidentally choosing the same topic for their school’s public speaking contest, going to their first bat mitzvahs and studying for their own, and so much more. When tragedy strikes close, Milla must learn to define her own strengths and find confidence. Her relatable struggle ― filled with honest and tender observations ― comes together to form a classic coming-of-age story that is funny, wise, and authentic.


Click here to read about winning the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award for Honey and Me!


★ “Authentic, joyful, achingly real.

Kirkus, starred review

A heartwarming story of friendship and family that transcends the changing chapters of life. Honey and Me paints an inspiring picture of what holds us aloft as we grow. I loved it!”

—M. EVAN WOLKENSTEIN, author of Turtle Boy, winner of the 2021 Sydney Taylor Book Award

At once Jewish and universal. I finished this book with some of the salt-water tears that normally come with Passover, along with the warm, potato-kugel feeling of celebrating family life and Jewish joy.”

—MADELYN ROSENBERG, coauthor of Not Your All-American Girl and This Is Just a Test, a 2017 Sydney Taylor Honor Book

“A gentle coming-of-age tale of friendship, family and faith that revels in the small moments of Jewish life.”

― GAYLE FORMAN, New York Times bestselling author of Frankie and Bug, We Are Inevitable, and If I Stay


Honey and Me is a tender coming-of-age story rich with culture and filled with authentic, endearing characters. At once intimate and universal, Drazin has created an emotional and heartfelt modern-day classic that will resonate with young readers. Oh, how I love this beautiful book.”

―ELAINE VICKERS, award-winning author of Like Magic and Paper Chains

It puts its finger precisely on the pulse of adolescence, capturing the power, and also heartbreak, of close female friendships, difficult mother-daughter relationships and teachers who change our lives forever.”

―KAREN E.H. SKINAZI, The Los Angeles Jewish Journal

Hon­ey and Me illus­trates that Jew­ish obser­vance can be impor­tant and mean­ing­ful while still leav­ing room for the dai­ly dra­mas of pre­teen-and-teen life.”


“[A] lively tale of family, friendship and self-discovery… This book is also a wonderful window into the world of these two families, and with the helpful glossary at the back, young readers of different backgrounds are given a glimpse into the traditions that have shaped both girls.”

―LISA DOUCET, Canadian Children’s Book News