The Book of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup

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Kristin Kladstrup's wonderfully transporting fantasy - featuring a ship full of orphaned pirate children, a pair of warring royals, and plenty of magic potions - is sure to thrill all those who dare turn its pages.

Oscar Martin was fourteen when he mysteriously disappeared from his Iowa farmhouse home in June 1914. His sister claimed Oscar had rowed out to sea - but how was that possible? There is no ocean in Iowa. When, nearly a century later, Lucy Martin and her parents move from their city apartment to that same farmhouse in Iowa, it is not long before Lucy discovers the strange and dangerous BOOK OF STORY BEGININGS. And it's not long before Oscar reappears in a bizarre turn of events that sends the two distant relatives on a perilous journey to save Lucy's father.

This remarkable debut fantasy novel is a thrilling page turner as well as a tribute to the writer's craft.

About Kristin Kladstrup

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Kristin Kladstrup is the author of the middle-grade novel The Book of Story Beginnings as well as the picture book The Gingerbread Pirates, illustrated by Matt Tavares. She lives near Boston, Massachusetts.
Published February 12, 2013 by Candlewick. 371 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Oscar, himself transformed from his own imagined tale into Lucy’s world, joins Lucy in using the Book to rescue her father.

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One of those stories tells of a boy whose farmhouse is suddenly surrounded by a "great black sea"—just like the one Lavonne remembers appearing the night Oscar vanished—and shortly thereafter Lucy meets Oscar in the attic, still a boy, with no idea where he has been all these years.

May 15 2006 | Read Full Review of The Book of Story Beginnings

After some investigation, Lucy and Oscar determine that the only way to find her father and bring him home is to travel into the worlds that have been created by The Book of Story Beginnings, a magical journal which allows a writer to begin stories which then take on lives of their own.

Feb 07 2007 | Read Full Review of The Book of Story Beginnings

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