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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
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Nov 11, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011, engl-420
Read from November 12 to 18, 2011

In my YA lit class, we were assigned to read this book because it's an Alex Award winner--meaning that it is a book written and marketed for adults that has been popular among young adults as well.

I don't believe in extreme censoring, but I think I would be hesitant to recommend this book--even to my mom. It was really graphic, and scandalous at times (although there was no bad language).

That being said, I did still enjoy it. The Book of Lost Things tells the story of David, a boy who lives through the difficult events of his mother dying and his father remarrying. He wanders into another land, which is full of weird distortions of traditional fairy tales. As David makes his journey, he grows up emotionally and learns to deal with the grief of his mother's death and accept his new family. The story was really intriguing, and I kept turning pages waiting to see what fairy tale would turn up next.
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