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A Thief in the House of Memory by Tim Wynne-Jones
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Oct 26, 09

bookshelves: lit-for-adolescents
Read in October, 2009

mystery

Dec is just a teenager trying to find out what happened to his mother, who supposedly left his family several years previous. Living just down the hill from his childhood home, Dec, his father, sister, and soon-to-be stepmother try to move on from their past. But when a man is found dead in the old house, Dec makes several trips back to the House of Memory trying to remember what really happened when his mother disappeared from his life.

This book explores the understandable and common need to know the truth. This story deals not only with truth but also with trust and parent-child relationships. Dec's mother, Lindy, leaving defined his entire childhood and adolescence, forcing him to grow up faster than he might have had to otherwise. This could be a good book to introduce teenagers to more weighty literary themes.
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