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The Train of Lost Things

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  353 ratings  ·  82 reviews
A magical story about a boy's love for his dying father and his journey to the mythic Train of Lost Things, where beloved lost objects are rescued and protected until they can be returned. Perfect for fans of The Phantom Tollbooth, The Bridge to Terabithia, and Lost in the Sun.

Marty cherishes the extra-special birthday present his dad gave him -- a jean jacket on which he'
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by Philomel Books
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading The Train of Lost Things for my 6 years old son as a bedtime story on 4/21/18 and we stopped it on 4/24/18. I resumed the read on my own starting 5/1/18 and finished it on 5/11/18. This book starts with a dying dad and my son doesn’t want to hear it anymore. I agreed that he may be too young for this topic. Maybe when he’s older I will invite him to read this book again because I love Marty’s special bond with his dad. I love Marty’s capabilities of being on his own and the pro ...more
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Marty receives a jacket from his father for his birthday, a few days before he finds out that his father has the bad kind of cancer. The jacket is meant for Marty and his father to build memories between the two of them, and for each memory, Marty get's a pin to put on the jacket to remember his father by. When Marty and his mother travel back fro ...more
mindful.librarian ☀️
Thanks to the author for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

I honestly am not sure if I love this more for middle grade readers or for parents. I mean, middle graders will LOVE it, but as a parenting tool, it's AMAZING. What could be more comforting to kids who have lost their heart's desire than knowing WHERE their lost item is?? I picture myself sitting on my child's bed weaving this story at bedtime and referencing it whenever they are mourning their lost XYZ. Paquette dea
Scott Fillner
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Maybe the truest things in life are those that lay somewhere in between forever and nothing at all.

This beautifully magical, emotional train ride will pull at every emotion and fill your heart with hope. The back matter behind the story is emotional and is evident that it helped to propel the story.

I can’t wait for others to read and share this story.
Maria Bienz
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This gem gave me goosebumps!
Ms. Yingling
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting back story to why Paquette wrote this.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Train of Lost Things, by Ammi-Joan Paquette, is a middle-grade novel bursting with heart and overflowing with wonder. It's also a story that navigates a tough family situation, and challenges readers to consider what we believe, and how we love. A page-turner that had me shedding tears by the end, this book is a journey of love, loss and a tribute to the power of imagination.

The story opens with Marty discovering that his most precious possession, a jean jacket filled with buttons & pins -
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades-ya
⭐️⭐️💫 | I finished this quick middle grades read as a buddy read with @book_beat and @readtotheend this weekend. It’s a short, quirky read, full of fantasy, grief, and discovery. Marty Torphil is doing alright, despite having a terminally ill father; that is, until he loses the beloved jean jacket his father gave him for his last birthday. And discovers his dad is dying, like, SOON—both of these realizations coming in within a few hours of each other. Determined to retrieve the lost jacket and s ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I cried through the end of this, sitting in a Starbucks outdoor patio. It’s perfect. It’s sweet and magical and heart wrenching. Having lost my grandpa a year ago (the anniversary is two days from now) definitely made me feel more. Everyone should read this. 💔
Kati Polodna
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received at ALA Midwinter 2018. I totally teared up at the end.
Lesley Burnap
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely middle grade book full of imagination and emotion. It handles loss and grief beautifully for a young audience while telling a sweet and adventurous story.
Alexa McK
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the overall idea of this book: a boy who is grieving the illness and eventual death of his father by clinging to a jean jacket covered in precious pins symbolizing all their adventures. I wanted to know more about the character of Marty, who he really was inside. He seemed like such a loner in so many ways (only child, not many friends, unusual interests) with possible OCD tendencies. I did really appreciate the ending--it was satisfying and gave resolution to Marty's main problem while ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chapter-book
A fun, sweet story.
Nancy Steere
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An emotional read that is told in a way that kids will get and hopefully, enjoy while learning a little about life and loss. I very much enjoyed it and got a little teary at the end.
Marty is away from home with his mom on one of her business trips when they are called home unexpectedly. Marty’s dad’s cancer has returned...with a vengeance. When they arrive home, they are told he has days to live. Days! He is fading fast, yet the special, unbreakable bond that Marty and his father have is undeniably strong. Years ago, Marty received a jean jacket from his dad and slowly they both have added patches, buttons, and pins to mark all of their memorable time spent together. Someho ...more
Debbie Tanner
This story reminds me a little bit of Circus Mirandus-it's about a boy who's dealing with his dad's cancer. His dad gave him a jean jacket that they've been putting pins and things on to remind them of the amazing memories, but when the jacket goes missing, Marty feels compelled to track it down via an old story that his dad used to tell. It's a nice story.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a sweet story, with a strong core on loss and how we deal with it. A special thanks to the author and Jennifer Nielsen for having the contest where I won this great book!
Marty's dad gave him a very special birthday present, a jacket with pins memorializing their special times together. He's devastated when the jacket goes missing and his father's health is failing-drastically. His dad tells him the story of the Train of Lost Things where treasured objects are waiting to be reunited with their owners, Marty thinks if he can get the jacket back from this magical place his father will be okay. To his joy he finds the train is real, but Marty finds something he wasn ...more
Christina Carter
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-excursion
Note: Advance Reader's Copy | Book Releases 3/20/18

Marty Torphil's dad gifted him with a very special jacket that holds several buttons that mark momentous occasions shared between just the two of them. It means everything to Marty, especially in light of his father's dire diagnosis. When his jacket goes missing, he hopes beyond all hope that the stories his father tells of the train of lost things is more than just a story. If he could only be one of the lucky few who hears its horn and boards
Tawnie Mizer
Where to start? This book was poignant, beautiful, lovely and dealt with the subject of loss, through a child’s eyes, in a way that pulled at my heart strings, big time.
This beautiful tale follows a young kid named Marty as he deals with the pain and loss that comes when someone close is dying and there is nothing you feel you can do about it. When Marty’s precious possession is lost, his jean jacket scattered with buttons that represent his fondest memories with this person, at first he is de
Laura Mossa
On a trip with his mother, Marty loses the one possession he loves the most-his jean jacket. This jacket is special to him because his father, who is stricken with cancer, gave it to Marty on his last birthday. The jacket is also decorated with pins that celebrate memories Marty and his father shared together.

With his father’s life quickly deteriorating, Marty is heartbroken that his jacket could be gone forever. But then he remembers his father’s story about The Train of Lost Things, an engine
Julie Kirchner
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A delightful fantasy about a boy, Marty, who loses a very special jacket, just as his dad’s health suddenly deteriorates. Marty connects the loss of the jacket with his dad’s illness worsening and goes on a quest to find the lost item on a magical train his father told him about, convinced that if he finds it, it will stop his father from dying. A wonderful story about life, loss, love, and believing. This will be a huge hit with my fantasy loving students.
Kristin Crouch
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Ammi-Joan Paquette for providing #collabookation an ARC to read and share.

The Train of Lost Things is full of ‘heart’s possessions’ that somehow go missing. Marty’s father has always told him about The Train. But on the morning Marty has to face the fact that his father will not ever be getting better, the tale feels even more alive. So Marty sets off to board The Train.
This adventure is simultaneously mysterious and heartwarming. On The Train, Marty meets Dina, a girl in search of
Debra Baker
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I don't usually read middle school level books, unless I feel I need to before my daughter does. When I won this book in the giveaway I was reluctant at first. I had originally entered the giveaway to get The Train of Lost Things for my daughter, but I always try to give a review for a book that I've won or have been given, so I read it.
I'm glad I did!
This story was very well written, and was filled with plenty of different emotions. I think the book is perfect for m
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-bites, 5th-6th
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Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marty's favorite possession, a jacket given to him by his father, has gone missing. Marty has also learned that his father, who has cancer, has limited time left. To get his lost jacket back, Marty goes on a journey to find the Train of Lost Things, a train that collects lost treasures that children have lost, which his father has told him stories about. When Marty finds the train he meets two other children also searching for lost objects. Through his journey, Marty learns about love and memori ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marty's jeans jacket gets lost after he carefully packed it in his suitcase and Marty decides because it is covered with pins that his dad has given him of memories that his dad needs to see the jacket back to get better. When it does not show up and his dad gets worse Marty feels like his only chance is to find the train of lost things from his dad's story. A great story to explore loss on many levels and think about the things that you can control and those you can not. Great story that will a ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Following is my review.

This poignant and sweet book for young readers tugs at the heart strings. The Train of Lost things is about a young boy, Marty, who is dealing with his father’s serious illness. When his prized possession, a gift from his father, comes up missing, a mythical journey ensues. A story that will surely delight young readers. I highly recommend.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E-ARC provided by Edelweiss
Have you ever lost or misplaced an item that was important? If so, you will love this explanation for what's really happened to it. I couldn't put this down and read it in a day.
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