JUMPING THE SCRATCH by Sarah Weeks

JUMPING THE SCRATCH

Age Range: 10 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Jamie’s aunt has a strange kind of amnesia following a severe head injury. Jamie likens it to a needle stuck in a record scratch, repeating a tiny piece of music over and over again. Aunt Sapphy needs to remember, but all Jamie wants to do is forget. Something worse than his parents’ divorce, his pet’s death and coming to live in a trailer park, is torturing him. He avoids certain areas and people and has difficulty concentrating. He reluctantly accepts the friendship of an eccentric classmate who begins the healing process, but finally he and Sapphy help each other recover when his nightmare screams bring her into the present and he is able to tell her that he has been molested. A powerful story of a child’s pain. (Fiction. 10+)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-06-054109-1
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2006




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