A Thief in the House of Memory

A Thief in the House of Memory

Written by: Wynne-Jones, Tim
ages 11 and up / grades 6 and up

It has been six years since sixteen-year-old Dec's free-spirited mother, Lindy, disappeared. Dec feels so trapped in the present that he has avoided examining his past. But when an intruder dies in the museum-like family home, the man's death sends forth tremors that reawaken forgotten memories. Suddenly Dec is flooded with visions of his mother so tangible it's hard to believe they're not real.

At least Dec has his best friend -- gifted, funny Ezra -- to help him sort out what's real and what isn't. But as Dec's dream visions of his mother turn into nightmares, Ezra announces he's going away, leaving Dec haunted by questions that must be answered. What did happen to his mother? And who really is the thief in the house of memory?

It has been six years since sixteen-year-old Dec's free-spirited mother, Lindy, disappeared. Dec feels so trapped in the present that he has avoided examining his past. But when an intruder dies in the museum-like family home, the man's death sends forth tremors that reawaken forgotten memories. Suddenly Dec is flooded with visions of his mother so tangible it's hard to believe they're not real.

At least Dec has his best friend -- gifted, funny Ezra -- to help him sort out what's real and what isn't. But as Dec's dream visions of his mother turn into nightmares, Ezra announces he's going away, leaving Dec haunted by questions that must be answered. What did happen to his mother? And who really is the thief in the house of memory?

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Aug 16, 2004
Specifications pages | 5.13 in x 7 in
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"...this rich and rewarding novel will appeal most to thoughtful readers who appreciate a sad and bittersweet read." — School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

"From first chapter to last, Wynne-Jones masterfully evokes the surreal quality of faded memories enhanced or distorted by the imagination. Readers will be just as consumed as the hero is in his search for answers." — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

Audience ages 11 and up / grades 6 and up