The Book of Lost Things
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.
Loved, loved, loved it.
I was drawn to it initially because of the cover. Then the blurb hooked me.
David is already suffering from grief, anger, and jealousy when he starts to hear the books on his shelves. Having always used books to avoid the pain in his life, escape really takes on a new meaning his mother's death.
I keep reading reviews stating that this is not a children's story. I disagree, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to kids who are fans of the Grimm Adam Gidwitz series.