Bro­ken in pieces

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - BY AN­GELA KIVERSTEIN

Jake broke Fif­teen Bones in an ac­ci­dent and now he leads a bro­ken life, tar­geted by a gang and starved al­most to death — by his own, anorexic choice. Once he made com­edy videos with Isaac (son of the slightly non-kosher Rabbi Kauf­man) but now Jake’s alone — un­til he meets Robin, the girl who will res­cue or de­stroy him. R. J. Mor­gan’s de­but novel (Scholas­tic, £6.99) cre­ates a shat­ter­ing, dis­ori­en­tat­ing, wholly ab­sorb­ing world. Age 14 up.

Grandpa’s top drawer holds crayons. His sec­ond drawer con­tains old toys, which help his grand­child imag­ine him as a boy. The third drawer is locked. But, one day, his grand­child dis­cov­ers the key. Grandpa’s Third Draw

er, by Judy Tal Kopel­man (Univer­sity of Ne­braska Press, £9.99), moves from bright pic­tures of felt tips, model cars and me­mora­bilia to the third drawer’s striped py­ja­mas and yel­low star. In turn­ing the pages, the reader painfully en­acts the child’s dis­cov­ery. Age eight up (par­ents should pre­view).

Tolkien meets Tol­stoy in the fan­tasy world of Ruin

and Ris­ing (Orion, £8.99), the last in the at­mo­spheric Gr­isha tril­ogy by Jerusalem- born Leigh Bar­dugo. Saintly Alina must find the fire­bird, the weapon that will help her con­front her arch-en­emy, the Dark­ling, for their last bat­tle. Ex­pect flashes of su­per­pow­ered light, trans­for­ma­tions, gal­lantry and ro­mance. Age 12 up.

Search­ing for Sky by Jil­lian Can­tor (Blooms­bury, £6.99) is rem­i­nis­cent of Emma Donoghue’s Room. Sky has grown up on Is­land, with just her mum, step­dad and step­brother River. Shel­ter, Ocean and Rocks are the bound­aries of her world. Now 16, Sky is be­gin­ning to look at River in a newly ro­man­tic light. But when the teens are res­cued and taken to Cal­i­for­nia, Sky has to re­learn ev­ery­thing, from how to use a WC in­stead of Bath­room Tree, to the pur­pose of money, to the aw­ful truth of how she came to be on the is­land and the con­se­quences for her re­la­tion­ship with River. Star-crossed love story with a so­cial con­science. Age 12 up. This weekend,

Neil Gaiman i s read­ing from his eerie shaggy-dog story, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Moun­tains, at the Bar­bican, Lon­don and Usher Hall, Ed­in­burgh, ac­com­pa­nied by Ed­die Camp­bell’s vi­su­als from the book (Head­line, £12.99) and mu­sic by The Four-Play String Quar­tet. Next weekend (July 12-13), Meg Rosoff and Sarra Man­ning are among speak­ers at YA Lit Con, the young adult lit­er­a­ture con­ven­tion at Lon­don’s Earl’s Court. Ticket de­tails at www.chil­drenslau­re­ate.org.uk/yalc

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