THE LOST LIBRARY, by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass, Feiwel & Friends, Aug. 29, 2023, Hardcover, $17.99 (ages 8-12)
A boy. A cat. A free little library. Three ghosts, And a mystery. Welcome to The Lost Library, by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass.
When a mysterious little free library (guarded by a large orange cat) appears overnight in the small town of Martinville, 11-year-old Evan plucks two weathered books from its shelves, never suspecting that his life is about to change.
Evan and his best friend Rafe quickly discover a link between one of the old books and a long-ago event that none of the grown-ups want to talk about. The two boys start asking questions whose answers will transform not only their own futures, but the town itself. —Synopsis provided by Feiwel & Friends
Sometimes books have a charm to them that you can’t quite put your finger on but the book fairly radiates. That’s The Lost Library.
The book unfolds through multi-points-of-view — from a ghost librarian named Al, an aging cat named Mortimer, and Evan. These unique voices move the story quickly forward while simultaneously making you pause to consider each new revelation.
Authors Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass have crafted a magical read with smooth and inviting prose and characters that you really care about. The book is a celebration of family, friendship, choosing your path and a love of reading.
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