NFL star Julian Edelman to read from new children’s book
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NFL star Julian Edelman to read from new children’s book

Out for the season with an injury, the Patriots wide receiver with Jewish roots teams up with the PJ Library Jewish book program

Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots carries the ball against the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images via JTA)
Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots carries the ball against the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images via JTA)

NEWTON, Massachusetts (AP) — NFL star Julian Edelman is getting a different kind of reception these days — as a children’s book author.

The New England Patriots wide receiver is out for the season with an injury and is scheduled to perform a special reading of his new book, “Flying High,” at the Jewish Community Center in Newton, Massachusetts.

The center says Edelman will read on Tuesday from a special edition of the book, which originally was released last year. Edelman’s appearance is part of PJ Library, a global Jewish children’s book program.

His book tells the semi-autobiographical story of a football-playing squirrel named Jules.

Edelman’s father is Jewish but his mother is not. Edelman reconnected with his Jewish heritage during a 2015 trip to Israel.

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