The Light Jar
The Light Jar
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Catalog Number: #181626
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Special Formats: High Low High Low
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 240
Availability: Pre-Order Now (Available: 02/26/19)
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-338-21630-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-338-21630-1
Dewey: 823
Language: English
ALA Booklist
It's quickly apparent to 11-year-old Nate that he and his mother are not taking an impromptu vacation like she said. Perhaps it's her furtive glances or that they left the house before three in the morning. This, he learns, is actually their escape from Gary, his mom's abusive boyfriend. Nate feels nervous in the remote, ramshackle cabin that's to be their hideout, and when his mom goes out for groceries but never returns, his panic awakens his long-forgotten imaginary friend, Sam. Sam helps Nate cope with the situation and questions him about Gary, thus filling the reader in on important backstory. As Nate tries to devise innocuous reasons for his mom's absence, a neighbor girl named Kitty enlists his help solving clues in an old area treasure hunt. Thompson's eerie story is tense and threaded with mystery, and readers will recognize that Nate's fears are legitimate ones born of an unsafe, fractured home. Thompson adeptly draws the story lines into a cohesive whole that rewards readers with a satisfyingly hard-won resolution.
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Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 4-7

A story of fear and hope, loneliness and friendship -- full of the heart, engaging characters, and propulsive, page-turning mystery that made The Goldfish Boy so beloved.

Nate and his mother are running away. Fleeing from an emotionally abusive situation, they hide out in an abandoned cottage in the middle of a forest. Though it's old and run-down, at least it's a place of their own.

Then Nate's mother heads off for groceries and doesn't return. Has she run into trouble, or simply abandoned him? He is left alone and afraid, with the dark closing in on him.

But comfort can come from the most unexpected of places: like a strange girl trying to solve the mystery of a treasure hunt, and the reappearance of a friend from his past. Will Nate find the bravery he needs to face down his fears, survive on his own, and ultimately illuminate his future?

The Light Jar is a captivating story of fear and hope, loneliness and friendship, and finding the light within, even in the darkest of times.

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