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The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
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Aug 09, 11


This book is a modern fairy tale, a lighthearted philosophy lesson, and a reminder that life is a miraculous and beautiful gift. As the story begins, Hans Thomas and his father are traveling to Greece in search of Hans Thomas' long-lost mother. The plot thickens when a strange little man gives Hans Thomas a magnifying glass, and a kind old baker gives Hans Thomas a sticky bun containing a tiny book that can only be read using the magnifying glass. The book contains a fantastic fairy tale about a shipwrecked sailor and a magical island populated by a suit of cards that mysteriously came to life. But as Hans Thomas reads further, he realizes that the story in the sticky bun book relates to him and his family, and it might not be entirely fictional. The story switches back and forth between philosophical conversations between Hans Thomas and his father, and the fantastic story in the sticky bun book. This keeps the book balanced so it does not become too silly. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for light, uplifting summer reading. This story will leave you smiling.

Though the book is shelved in the adult section of the library, it contains no content that is inappropriate for older children or teens. In fact, children beginning to outgrow Roald Dahl's stories would probably enjoy this book very much.
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