The Lost Library
by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass
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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2023
The New York Times bestselling authors of Bob, Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass, introduce readers to a little free library guarded by a cat and a boy who takes on the mystery it keeps.
When a mysterious little free library (guarded by a large orange cat) appears overnight in the small town of Martinville, eleven-year-old Evan plucks two weathered books from its shelves, never suspecting that his life is about to change.
Evan and his best friend Rafe quickly discover a link between one of the old books and a long-ago event that none of the grown-ups want to talk about. The two boys start asking questions whose answers will transform not only their own futures, but the town itself.
Told in turn by a ghost librarian named Al, an ageing (but beautiful) cat named Mortimer, and Evan himself, The Lost Library is a timeless story from award-winning authors Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass. It’s about owning your truth, choosing the life you want, and the power of a good book (and, of course, the librarian who gave it to you).
PRAISE FOR WENDY MASS AND REBECCA STEAD AND THE LOST LIBRARY
‘Pure enchantment.’—New York Times, on Bob
‘A tribute to the power of storytelling.’—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Bob
‘An unusual fantasy with simplicity, immediacy, and wit.’—Booklist (starred review) on Bob
‘A perfectly paced plot, supported by secondary characters to whom readers will relate.’—School Library Journal (starred review) on Bob
‘A boy who visits a little free library gets more than he bargained for when he becomes a sleuth caught up in the middle of his town’s most enduring mystery…. A page-turner with striking characters and a satisfying puzzle at its heart.’—Kirkus
‘Mass and Stead employ a rich cast of characters—including ghost librarians, graduating fifth-graders, mice, and a cat—to dive into the heart of Martinville…Full of heart, sly narration, and Stead’s expected air of mystery, this is well suited for lovers of books and libraries and novels featuring ensemble casts.‘—Booklist