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The Book of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup
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bookshelves: kids-fiction, fantasy
Read in January, 2005

When Lucy and her parents move into an inherited house in Iowa, she discovers an ancient book that may hold the key to the 1914 disappearance of her great uncle Oscar, who was last seen rowing out to sea in the middle of Iowa farmland. The intriguing cover illustration will pique readers’ interest and the unique storyline will keep them involved as Lucy meets Oscar and together they undertake a dangerous journey to rescue Lucy’s father. Although the plot drags in the middle, the menagerie of strong, colorful characters, mystery, and fantastical adventure has energy to maintain interest. There’s something for everyone in this novel, which explores the power of story-telling and the nature of familial love.
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