Some interesting reading has meandered through my house and home lately. I’ll begin with the YA book I read:  A Long Walk to Water. This is adult material, in the sense of our historical and ethical responsibilities, but was written for a young adult audience.  Linda Sue Park, the author and my friend, wrote in her inimitable style so that adults as well as children are spellbound by the story. She befriended one of the Lost Boys of Africa and wrote of his amazing escape from savage killers in his home village to, years later, his new home and family in Rochester, NY. It’s a must-read for many reasons.

There were a couple books I either didn’t finish reading or, upon perusal, decided not to read at all. But, The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly was a real pleasure to hunker down with. (I know, I should have said ‘with which to hunker down’, but although that’s correct, it’s sort of pompous sounding, don’t you think?)

Anyway, this novel takes us, very cleverly, on the  path of a boy who suffers the loss of his mother and is forced to adjust to a whole new life and home. Connolly leads us through the boy’s fantasy world with a remarkable understanding of and solution to the grief curve. I am not a reader of fantasy novels usually (except for Vivian Vande Velde’s YA novels), but Lost Things is a spell binder. And Connolly gives it the right punch with his skillful writing.


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