Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows by J.M. Bergen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Beautifully lyrical, engrossing contemporary fantasy, THOMAS WILDUS AND THE BOOK OF SORROWS is first in a new series (yay!) about a boy turning 13, raised by his mother since his father inexplicably disappeared one evening when Thomas was but five. His dad's last words told him "Magic Is Real." Thomas has always believed, and despite rejection and mockery, he has continued to search for the meaning of true magic. On his way to the bus stop from his Kung Fu lesson, a couple of odd events occur, the second of which finds him in a bookstore he's never seen before, acquiring a book that will, literally, change his life. This novel is encormously entertaining and very well-written. I anticipate with glee the sequel.
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