'Once upon a time, there was a boy who lost his mother . . .' As twelve-year-old David takes refuge from his grief in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds the real world and the fantasy world begin to blend. That is when bad things start to happen. That is when the Crooked Man comes. And David is violently propelled into a land populated by heroes, wolves and monsters, his quest to find the legendary Book of Lost Things.
Thriller writer Connolly (Every Dead Thing) turns from criminal fears to primal fears in this enchanting novel about a 12-year-old English boy, David, who is thrust into a realm where eternal stories and fairy tales assume an often gruesome reality. Books are the magic that speak to David, whose mother has died at the start of WWII after a long debilitating illness. His father remarries, and soon his stepmother is pregnant with yet another interloper who will threaten David's place in his father's life. When a portal to another world opens in time-honored fashion, David enters a land of beasts and monsters where he must undertake a quest if he is to earn his way back out. Connolly echoes many great fairy tales and legends (Little Red Riding Hood, Roland, Hansel and Gretel), but cleverly twists them to his own purposes. Despite horrific elements, this tale is never truly frightening, but is consistently entertaining as David learns lessons of bravery, loyalty and honor that all of us should learn.
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This is honestly the best book I have ever read, at the moment and probably forever! Luv it lol xxx must read
I think this book is very good I did not read it on my I pod but I read it with a real book. This book is all the story tales put together with a twist. Because im a child I think it was a little scary aspeshelly the crooked man discription. But is very enjoyable. I read it in one week because it was so good. And if ure a grown up reading this or a older child than me I bet you could read it even quicker than me. Oh and by the way the starts a little sad.
I loved this book. Its beautifully written, there are children like David in all of us no matter how old or mature we think we are. It's a truly lovely story and I found myself looking forward to reading the next installment night after night.