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THE DISAPPARATION OF JAMES

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The Disapparation of James

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Anne Ursu
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Ursu gently teases out the tale of a close-knit family whose youngest child, James, vanishes into thin air — literally. (A circus magician makes the kid — poof! — disappear, then can’t bring him back.) Househusband Justin and his doctor wife, Hannah, find their blissful world suddenly frail and full of child-size holes. But James’ sister, 7-year-old Greta, reaches into her imagination to locate her brother: ”Lots of times when there’s a mystery, there’s a clue, too, and it’s up to the girl to figure it out, because adults just don’t.” Ursu’s story is sweetly done, her own compelling magic trick.

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