Thursday, October 8, 2009

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday
This is a weekly event hosted by Jenny at TakeMeAway! It is the time each week to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or
review an older book -- how about even a classic!

This week I pick The Book of Lost Things

"High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year- old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and he is 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. As his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own worl
ds, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king wh
o keeps his secrets in a mysterious book...The Book of Lost Things."
(description from back of book)

My review:
This book was given to me by a good friend some years ago and I fell in love with it. It had the same magical quality of Chronicles of Narnia: full of adventure, spirit, warmth, sadness and hope. The main character was completely relatable (minus the loss of the mother) to me. I was a child who was comforted by my books and would talk to them and act them out. I had my own little magical kingdom in my room (the few years I was lucky
enough to actually GET my own room. I come from a large family!).
This is a book I have recommended to just about everyone I know. It is far from his graphic Charlie Parker thrillers he writes for adults but equally
as powerful.
I would call this one a modern classic and can be enjoyed by readers young and old.
I am "Throwing Back" to this title this week because this month he has a new young reader book coming out called The Gates.
I am so flippin' excited.

Happy Reading!
* red headed book child


Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I absolutely adored The Book of Lost Things. I read it about 2 years ago and it is now one of my favorite books. I love the cover art for both books and I'll be on the lookout for The Gates now.

Jenny said...

I've never read this! It sounds great though!