A Thief in the House of Memory by Tim Wynne-Jones

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Family secrets, forgotten memories, and the transforming power of truth

It's been six years since sixteen-year-old Dec's free-spirited mother, Lindy, disappeared. Dec feels so trapped in the present, he's 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?

In this masterful new novel, Tim Wynne-Jones explores with wit, compassion, and humor the fictional territory he knows best - the prickly ties that bind families, the murky connections between imagination and real life.

About Tim Wynne-Jones

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Tim Wynne-Jones's many award-winning books include The Boy in the Burning House, winner of the 2002 Edgar Award for Young Adult Fiction. He lives near Perth, Ontario.
Published January 1, 2004 by GROUNDWOOD. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Yet all of the artifacts of Dec's childhood are still carefully preserved in the now empty family estate, a mansion within walking distance of the modern house where Dec now lives with his father, his father's girlfriend, Birdie (also once his mother's best friend), and Dec's little sister, Sunny.

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The mysterious death causes Dec to begin having visions of his mother as he remembered her when he was a young child: Lindy being dressed as Wonder Woman, Lindy and Dec playing hide-and-seek with a frustrated Bernard, and Lindy telling a young Dec to rescue her from the manor.

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