Roni Givati. The Butterfly Girl and the Clown

AGE: 12-17

This is the coming-of-age story of an unusual girl who goes through a family crisis at the same time as she falls in love for the first time.
Ilil, a sixteen-year-old girl from Kibbutz Ein Gedi, near the Dead Sea, learns that her mother has cancer and must have chemotherapy. At a hospital in Jerusalem to which her mother is admitted, she meets Ya-ar, a young volunteer who dresses up as a clown to amuse the sick children. A strong, gentle bond develops between the two. Ya-ar helps Ilil come to terms with her mother-s illness and understand the dramatic changes that she will undergo as a result of the treatment. Ilil, in turn, helps Ya`ar to find his mother, a prima ballerina who suddenly disappeared while on a tour in Russia. And in her spare time at the kibbutz, Ilil goes on watching butterflies, especially the Monarch, the subject of her final biology essay-she got her passion for this butterfly from her mother, who is an entomologist. A finely drawn and sensitive story.

Givati The Butterfly Girl and the Clown
Title The Butterfly Girl and the Clown
Author’s Last Name Givati
Author's First Name Roni
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Sifriat Poalim
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2008
No. Pages 131 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Na'arat Ha-Parparim Ve-Ha-Leitzan
Representation Represented by ITHL