Release Date: November 7, 2006
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.
Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.
The Book of Lost Things encompasses some of my favourite things – fairytales nightmare inducing villains. It is also, like Inkheart, a love letter to books and their readers.
“Once upon a time – for that is how all stories should begin – there was a boy who lost his mother.”
The story follows our protagonist, a young boy named David. At the beginning, we are introduced to him at a very traumatic time in his life – he is about to lose his mother. We learn that David has OCD, doesn’t have many friends and finally, that he loves to read. Above all, David loves fairytales. David is forced to accept the changes in his life, including his new stepmother and a baby brother, all while still grieving the mother he lost. After an accident one day, David crosses over into a different land; a place where werewolves exist, where trolls lurk under bridges and far away a King keeps a magical tome known as ‘The Book of Lost Things’. Continue reading