CHIL­DREN’S BOOKS Win­dow guess­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

KASIA RARELY leaves her bed­room be­cause she has ME. But from her win­dow she wit­nesses an ab­duc­tion. At the same time, she glimpses an­other girl, in the house op­po­site — surely she must be a wit­ness, too? Yet no­body is re­ported miss­ing, and ap­par­ently no girl lives across the road. Girl in the Win­dow

by Penny Joel­son (Elec­tric Mon­key, £7.99) is a clever mys­tery as well as a warm-hearted story of young peo­ple fac­ing all kinds of chal­lenges, from awk­ward dates and fam­ily ten­sions to ex­treme dan­ger. A novel of com­ing out­doors, grow­ing and heal­ing, Girl in the Win­dow is al­most a con­tem­po­rary, sub­ur­ban take on The Se­cret Gar­den. Age 12 up.

Clara has been raised in iso­la­tion from mod­ern so­ci­ety (she has never been in a car, thinks TV is a magic box but tellingly is also not en­slaved to beauty norms). Now, she is be­ing fos­tered by Ruby’s mum. Ruby, mean­while, is strug­gling with best-friend prob­lems, step­brother Adam’s haz­ardous hair­dress­ing — and her own iden­tity (bril­liantly en­cap­su­lated in her quest for the right dra­m­aschool au­di­tion mono­logue — she is try­ing to find her voice). True Sis­ters by Keren David (Bar­ring­ton Stoke Teen, £6.99), gets right to the heart of what it feels to be a young adult, es­pe­cially if you don’t quite fit in. With su­per-read­able de­sign and su­per-at­trac­tive flo­ral cover (by Ali Ard­ing­ton). Age 12 up.

Pinky Bloom has a dou­ble mys­tery on her hands. There is trou­ble at the Chi­nese restau­rant run by her friend Lucy’s par­ents (the smoke alarm keeps go­ing off and the for­tune cook­ies are in­sult­ing the cus­tomers) and now a kid­dush cup has gone miss­ing from the Jewish Mu­seum. Could the two be con­nected? Will Pinky save the day and be re­warded with a kit­ten from Oy Vey’s new lit­ter? Pinky Bloom and the Case of the Miss­ing Kid­dush Cup by Judy Press (Kar Ben, £6.99) is a non-scary, short­chap­ter book. Age six to ten.

Lit­tle Lily Marks loves to stand on tip­toe. But her legs are weak and the doc­tor rec­om­mends an iron brace — or bal­let lessons.

So Lily be­comes An Un­likely Bal­le­rina (Kar Ben £5.99). She goes on to per­form for Anna Pavlova (who, like Lily, is Jewish) and to be­come a bal­le­rina her­self, un­der the name of Ali­cia Markova. Krystyna Po­ray Goddu’s true story has fairy-tale il­lus­tra­tions by Co­sei Kawa. Age three to nine.

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