Anat Israeli. Don’t Cry, Roni

AGE: 13-16

One day, without any warning, Talia, Roni and Eran`s father leaves his family and his home. Each one responds to the pain of abandonment differently, but Roni, the teenage middle daughter, takes it worse than the others. She consoles herself by playing her drums. Only Hanoch, the boy next door, understands her, and through him Roni starts loving jazz.
After four years abroad, their father suddenly returns, but he sheds no light on the reasons for his disappearance. Once again the delicate family balance is upset. Old wounds open up and Roni goes through a deep crisis. Her father understands that the family gets on better without him and leaves again, this time for good.
Years later, after their father dies, Eran, now 19, flies to New York where Roni is studying music after winning a scholarship from an anonymous benefactor. Only Eran, a cripple since childhood, has forgiven his father, and now he tries to solve the mystery. Will he succeed?
Anat Israeli doesn`t pull any rabbits out of her hat. Some of the questions about their father are cleared up and the young people reach some closure. But just as in real life, his personality remains unclear and the attitude toward him remains ambivalent.

Title Don’t Cry, Roni
Author’s Last Name Israeli
Author's First Name Anat
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Sifriat Poalim
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2010
No. Pages 190 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Al Tivki, Roni
Representation Represented by ITHL