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The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
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Apr 28, 10

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Read from April 23 to 25, 2010

A story of hobgoblins and changelings is told by two Henry Days, one is a seven-year-old who ran away from home and the other by the replacement Henry Day. The real Henry was kidnapped by a clan of hobgoblins. The replacement made himself look like the real Henry and has now taken his place with Henry’s family. The clan members had spent a year studying the real Henry, to learn his likes and dislikes, to find out about each of the family members so those closest to Henry wouldn’t suspect he wasn’t the real deal. The one thing about hobgoblins is that they never age. They also at some point in their life were also replaced. The replacement Henry used to be a concert pianist in his true life almost a century ago. This talent is the first clue the father has that something isn’t quite right with Henry. His parents are thrilled that searchers had found Henry after he disappeared but the father’s suspicions grow. By telling the story in each of the Henrys points of view the reader understands the struggle the real Henry has with accepting life among the hobgoblins while realizing every memory he had of his real life was fading. The replacement Henry struggles with making sure he isn’t caught while realizing he too is having a hard time remembering his previous life. As the replacement Henry gets older, marries and has a child, he starts to fear for his own son’s life, knowing the hobgoblins might target his son next. This was a spellbinding, mesmerizing read that does a great balancing act between fantasy and reality.
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