The Book of Lost Things

The Book of Lost Things

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High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book... The Book of Lost Things. An imaginative tale about navigating the journey into adulthood, while doing your best to hang on to your childhood.show more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 339 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 27.94mm | 249.47g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1442429348
  • 9781442429345
  • 64,396

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Enthralling and really enjoyable. John Connolly cleverly twisted the stories we knew and loved and turned them into more fascinating â?? albeit sinister â?? tales. I must admit that I only found things interesting when David got into the forest. But from then, I was hooked. I liked the mystery and the thrill of the adventure â?? for it was an adventure, however dangerous it was. I liked the people David met and who helped him: the Woodsman, Roland, Anna and even the dwarfs. I liked how David transformed from a sad and frightened boy into a brave child capable of helping and saving others and himself. Above all, I liked that he learned his lesson and made amends with people in his life. There were heartbreaking times but there were also moments of triumph. I think both helped David change into a child ahead of his years. And itâ??s not necessarily a bad thing because he learned a lot through his journey that made him a better person. I especially liked the twists in the story: the identity and the story of the king, who the Crooked Man was, the reappearance of a friend towards the end, the reason why there are Loups and other sinister creatures in the forest. Everything was well-thought of and well-executed. Davidâ??s adventure intertwined with a darker version of the fairy tales made up for a very engrossing story. The ending reminded me of The Chronicles of Narnia. Like the Pevensie siblings with Narnia, David returned to the forest in the end, just like what the Woodsman said. And I imagined it to be a bittersweet reunion because while David left his world, he returned to a land wherein he had a great adventure and learned a lot. THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS is a beautiful amazing book. Recommended to readers of all ages. I loved it.show more
by Julie Rimpula
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