The Memory Prisoner by Thomas Bloor

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For thirteen years Maddie Palmer has sat by the window, never leaving the house, getting the news of the day from her younger brother, Keith. For thirteen years she has buried her memories-of the dark fortress of the Town Library, which casts its long shadow over Pridebridge, and what happened there so long ago.

But when Keith is forced to work in the secret cavern of the library, Maddie must leave her familiar prison behind-or risk losing her brother for good.

Thomas Bloor's first novel, reminiscent of Louis Sachar's Holes and Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, is at once very funny and strangely poignant, as tantalizing and mysterious as Maddie herself.

About Thomas Bloor

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Meriel Bloor is a Fellow of the Centre for English Language Teaching at the University of Warwick. She is also a Visiting Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. Thomas Bloor is a Fellow of the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University.
Published January 1, 2000 by Hodder Children's Books. 160 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The things Keith, who Maddie calls “Eyes and Ears,” tells her about Mr. Lexeter and the Tower Library begin to erode the banks of Maddie’s repressed memory, and she commences an investigation into the sinister and Kafka-esque institution.

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But before long, Maddie makes the connection between their dotty mother's aversion to cupboards and drawers ("She used the stairs, the landing, and the floor space of all the rooms downstairs for storage") and their grandfather's disappearance, plus the web of secrets surrounding the library.

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