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When Tal moves in with a foster family in a strange town, he is convinced that he will never fit in. He knows his stay is temporary, and longs for the day when he will go home to his father. Tal is still mourning the tragic death of his mother in a car accident and trying to reconcile himself to the fact that he cannot live with his father, who is forced to work very long hours in order to pay off debts. Tal tries to lighten his father’s financial burden by washing cars. Initially, his occasional weekend visits with his father are the only light at the end of the labyrinth. He misses his good friends, a special group who used to play Dungeons and Dragons together. However, as time passes he makes friends with people of all ages, from the supportive teenager who tutors his foster-sibling Dror in math to the warm-hearted women whose cars he washes regularly. Eventually, through his new friends, he provides the key to solving his father’s financial problems and it is he who opens up exciting and unexpected opportunities.

With great sensitivity and psychological understanding, Labyrinth unfolds the tale of a lonely boy who ultimately finds his place in his new surroundings and comes to appreciate them. Following the labyrinth, he learns how to overcome all sorts of obstacles and frustrations. In dealing with what he sometimes wrongly conceives as unbending foster parents – as well as insensitive foster siblings and hostile peers – Tal acquires a greater degree of maturity and understanding.

Title Labyrinth
Writer's Last Name Shoshani
Writer's First Name Irit
Genre Children
Ages 12-15
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
No. Pages 179pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Mavochim