The Disconnect

Written by Keren David

Key Stage 3 Family / Home Stories

LoveReading View on The Disconnect

Strains and rewards of offline life

Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8

When a billionaire phone-tech entrepreneur challenges the Year Eleven pupils in her former school to switch off their phones for six weeks, Esther is determined to rise to the occasion. With her American-born dad, sister and baby nephew now living in New York, she has her sights firmly fixed on the £1000 prize, which she’d use to visit them, plus she could do with a break from the constant peer pressure to share super model style selfies. But almost immediately, Esther’s FOMO (fear of missing out) “is at emergency levels”, not least because she has no idea what her friends are up to. As a result, she and a few fellow participants set up a support group in her mum’s new cafe, among them River, who gives an impassioned speech about how social media users are “just pawns in the hands of people making money out of us”.

Alongside an engaging exploration of the pros and cons of online life, there’s a sensitive sub-plot about the complications of family life, with the downsides of digital media touched-on through that too (her mum’s café is struggling to find customers in the wake of a poor online review), and reference to being aware of “fake news” and inaccurate reporting. Thought-provoking and topical, this pacey read is especially suitable for reluctant and dyslexic teen readers.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+

Joanne Owen

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The Disconnect Synopsis

Could you disconnect from your phone for six weeks? When an eccentric entrepreneur challenges a class to give up their phones, offering a prize of £1,000 to the one who lasts the longest, Esther is determined to win. But ignoring the draw of technology is difficult and it’s not as easy as she thought to resist that niggling urge. Can she hold out long enough to win the money and what else can Esther and her friends discover when they’re not glued to their screens?

An astute and enthralling examination of the highs and lows of social-media life, from one of the most compelling voices in teenage fiction.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+

The Disconnect Press Reviews

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Book Information

ISBN: 9781781128558
Publication date: 15th April 2019
Author: Keren David
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: Family / Home Stories

About Keren David

Keren David worked as a news reporter and feature writer before publishing her compelling debut YA novel, When I Was Joe, while taking a course in Writing for Children at City University. Keren now teaches the City University course and is an editor for The Jewish Chronicle . Her novels have won and been nominated for numerous awards including the Carnegie Medal and the Branford Boase award. Keren lives in North London

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