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New house, new school, new friends–but Matt Lanchester knows it won’t all be that easy when he moves to the town of Hay-on-Wye. Almost as soon as he arrives, he is drawn into a mystery when he sees a roadside memorial marked by a little wooden cross with the initials M.L. carved into it. His initials! Then he meets Robbo and Tig and Old Wil Jones and his wife, Gwynnie. There’s history here and a well-kept village secret–and Matt is desperate to find out more.
Matt Lanchester, newly transplanted to a small Welsh town, is out biking when he imagines a near-collision with a car, only to land next to a roadside memorial to a boy with his own initials. Matt begins to experience the dead boy's ghostly presence as he confronts several puzzles involving the missing son of a local farmer, a turn-of-the-century legend of a lost boy named Tommy Jones and the circumstances surrounding the vehicular death of Martin Lloyd. Newbery (Set in Stone) seamlessly interleaves Tommy Jones's tale among the larger narrative's own levels of suspense chiefly, whether Matt will succumb to the bullying of the town punks, who claim to want revenge for Martin's death, before he figures out the connections among the three lost boys. With its imaginative melding of present-day concerns, good storytelling, lush descriptions of the landscape and even a faithful dog, this novel will ensnare readers. Ages 8-12.