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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Young Adult Review - Broken by Elizabeth Pulford

Release Date - September 2013

Elizabeth Pulford

Running Press Kids

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

While Zara lies in a coma following a tragic crash, she finds herself in the world of her brother's favorite comic book hero. She can't find her brother, but she's certain that if she finds the comic hero, her brother won't be far. Meanwhile, her quest to find Jem isn't easy because the villain Morven is hot on her heels and visits from friends and family who she can hear but not see also adds to her distress.  The appearance of one more character is most challenging because he wants to force her to remember the details of her past before she can move on to her future.

Throughout Broken are comic book sketches done by Agnes Gomes. This adds brings readers from what I'll call Zara's real world into the comic world where she wants to find Jem. There are two real plots going on in Zara's story. One is her coma and whether or not she'll make it out of it. The other involves an incident from her childhood that she's never really worked through and that impacts her current state.

I did want to state that while I was grabbing the cover art from Amazon, I noticed a site recommends the story for ages seven and up. If you are looking at this novel for your younger child, I really think you need to look at the book first. The publisher states it is for ages 13 and up, and that is far more appropriate given some of the subject matter.

 It's a very powerful story and one that brought tears to my eyes from time to time. Broken is different, but a fascinating read.

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