June 2016 Book of the Month
In a Nutshell: Timeless fairytale • Eternal love • Lyrical quest
An enchanting, beautifully written novel about how first love can shape one’s life.
Joshua Pearl is from another world but has been trapped in ours, where his own fairytale realm is no longer believed in. After being taken in by an old man, Joshua’s journey is shrouded in a dream-like quality as he tries to piece his life together. While plotting his escape, Joshua experiences fragmented memories; the fleeting strangeness of shadows and light; premonitions that make him fear that everything might vanish. Joshua has a passion for photography, for documenting what he sees, capturing moments in time, and he also recalls that his first subject was a girl he spotted on a boat. Then the old man says it's time for Joshua to go, that he knows about his sadness, and the girl. And so he leaves in search of his lost love, embarking on a yearning quest that sees him having to piece together fragments of his memory, and make sense of objects he finds.
This is a timeless and tender tale of love and longing by a celebrated author, and high praise must also go to the translators - Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Gordon - for their luminous rendering of this novel from the French original. ~ Joanne Owen
Shortlisted for the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2015. A compelling story of a first love that defines a lifetime; perfect for fans of David Levithan, told with the intricate and beautiful writing style of bestselling author Timothee de Fombelle.
Joshua Pearl is from a world that our own no longer believes in. He knows that his great love is waiting for him in that distant place, but he is trapped in our time. As his memories begin to fade, he discovers strange objects, tiny fragments of a story from a long time ago. Can Joshua remember the past and believe in his own story before his love is lost for ever?
Teens & YA's love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our older Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
"Timothée's writing is exciting, unusual, and beautiful." David Almond
Praise for Vango, Book Two: "It is so beautifully wrought it reminds us why we love to read, and there can be no higher praise." Michael Cart, Booklist starred review
|Publication date:||6th February 2016|
|Author:||Timothee De Fombelle|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers|
|Genres:||Romance / Relationship Stories|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
Timothée de Fombelle is a much-admired French playwright, as well as the author of award-winning fiction. His first series, Toby Alone and Toby Alone and the Secrets of the Tree has been printed in 27 languages and has won numerous awards including France’s prestigious Prix Sorcières and the Marsh Award. Timothée's adventure series, Vango, Book One: Between Sky and Earth and Vango, Book Two: A Prince Without a Kingdomreceived huge critical acclaim, and book one was granted an English Pen Award for translation. Timothee also contributed to the acclaimed collection The Great War: ...More About Timothee De Fombelle