Review published on August 31, 2017.
I found this to be an entrancing, magical read about a boy who finds meaning in the world by finding lost things. He suffers with a speech disorder which stops him from communicating with the world in the normal way, but his silent life allows him to listen and helps him witness more than the rest of us normally see. He lives with his mother in a bakery that they’ve turned into a magical world that is thriving, until the special copy of a book that came into their possession goes missing. Then their luck seems to change. That really puts his finding skills to the test and as he travels across New York on the trail of the missing book and pages, he uncovers some amazing characters and finds out things about himself that he never knew possible.
It really is a feel good read that has you looking for all the good in the world. It isn’t about how much you have or what you’re doing, but what you notice and the meaning and memories behind treasured possessions, however big or small. His journey is enlightening both for him as a character, and for the reader as well and it all comes down to life being a surprising journey for us all.
The characters he meets along the way all add their own special take on the world and Walter Jr is such a special soul that he learns so much and becomes braver and more confident and transforms.
Walter Jr is a very methodical thinker and is completely charming and it doesn’t take long before you fall in love with him as he goes on his finding quests! You also see that while he’s searching for things for others, he’s searching for answers for things that have happened in his life.
It was a delight to read and one of those books that stays with you afterwards.
Karen Mace 4/4
The Lustre of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller
Allison & Busby 9780749021979 pbk Aug 2017