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The Luster of Lost Things


In this magical story about a boy who can find anything, The Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller brings a spark of imagination and childhood wonderment to every day life.

Walter Lavender Jr. can’t speak very well, so he spends a lot of his time observing, he likes to watch people and take notes of their every day activities, and this makes him very clever in ways that other people may not understand. He’s very keen on picking out information that other people may miss, and he’s also incredible at finding lost items, whether that be a lost cat, an earring, or even a bassoon. The only thing he wishes he could find, is his father Walter Lavender Sr., who was presumably lost at sea.

In his mother’s enchanted bakery, which is filled with fire breathing dragons, dancing desserts, and many other hidden treasures, all is going well, and the crowds of customers are abundant. That is until the book that started it all disappears, and Walter must go on a mission to find the book before it’s too late.

Magical realism is the basis of this novel, so be prepared to open your mind to every possibility. Walter is a gorgeous soul, who will stay in your mind long past the last page of this book. This book reminds me a lot of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer, but has it’s own voice as well. I thought each page held a little magic of it’s own, and I was sad to end the story, though I was also proud of Walter as if he was my own child. This book is perfect for anyone to read, if you enjoy having a little magic sprinkled on your day, then definitely crack this one open. I give this one 5 out of 5 stars, deliciously magical.


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