Today is a very exciting day!
Today I get to share my review of one of the most gorgeous MG books I read last year… AND THERE’S A GIVEAWAY!! Wooohooooo (more on that at the bottom of this post!)
The Light Jar: an incredible tale of friendship, strength and family.
I was lucky enough to be sent a proof of The Light Jar by the publishers, and read it back in November. It is a book that has stuck with me though. It’s one of those really powerful tales that will do that, it’ll stick with you for a while. Shout out to the incredible proof… I can’t decide if I love the proof or the final copy more!
“Nate and his mother are running away, hiding out in a tumbledown cottage in the middle of a forest. When Mum heads off for provisions, and then doesn’t return, Nate is left alone and afraid, with the dark closing in all around him.
But comfort can come from the most unexpected of places – a mysterious girl trying to solve the clues of a treasure hunt and the reappearance of an old friend from his past.
Will Nate find the bravery needed to face the troubles of his present and ultimately illuminate the future?”
I didn’t know that much about this book when I started to read, but I had read Lisa’s other book The Goldfish Boy and absolutely adored it. From that I knew I needed to read this. You meet the amazing Nate and his mum who are running away from a horrible situation, they need refuge somewhere, so they arrive at an old cottage owned by a friend of the family. Nate doesn’t want to be there, he wants to be at home with his things and his friends. One day his mum leaves to get some shopping but she doesn’t come back. What ensues is an incredible tale of bravery, friendship and the strength of humans.
The characters in this book are brilliant. Nate in particular stands out as one of the bravest young boys I’ve read in a long time. He stands up to a lot. He fights through a lot of fears and a lot of worries to get to the end of this story. There’s some strange goings on and he tries not to let himself be frightened. There’s also a mysterious friend from his past who comes along. Initally, I was a little afraid of this friend. He does some pretty creepy things. There’s also a young girl, who helps Nate get through the horrible days by giving him things to focus on. Their friendship builds and it’s an incredible jouney the way they go from strangers, to friends. Yep. You guessed it. I cried.
This book is incredible. I read it in a matter of hours. A brilliant story about the bravery of a young man, on a journey to save himself and his mother.
Now the extra exciting bit!
The bit everyone wants!
The gorgeous humans over at Scholastic are giving you the chance to win a signed copy of this incredible book! To enter the giveaway, you need to follow me on twitter and RT my tweet about the giveaway. Closes 12th Jan 23:59, winner announced 13th Jan over on twitter. or an extra entry: comment on this post, telling me something to lighten my day!
Check out the rest of the blog tour below, there are some brilliant posts!