"A family story wrapped in a mystery of a missing parent."
Jack is a lonely teen. His allergy to the sun puts lots of challenges in his path, his only hobby is “shadow jumping” across his local skyline at dusk. One almost calamitous evening taking part in this hair-raising activity, Jack crosses paths with Beth. A new friendship in the nick of time, as Jack’s skin is getting worse and he desperately needs to find his scientist Dad to try and find a solution. But will digging up the past and its dark rumours lead to Jack’s Dad?
‘The Shadow Jumper’ by J. M. Forster is an interesting family story about a newly separated family. I liked the way that the thread of the story is buried under the mystery of Jack’s Dad’s whereabouts. I also liked the friendship that developed between Beth and Jack, it has its ups and downs, but the pair offer so much support to one another.
This is a well-written story about friendship and family that is filled with surprises, twists and turns. The outcome may not be what you’d expect, but the journey offers entertainment and food for thought.