The Light Jar

The Light Jar

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Nate and his mother are escaping from his emotionally abusive step-father, Gary, but the run-down and abandoned cottage in the woods that his mother takes them to does not seem like much of a refuge; but when his mother goes off to buy provisions and does not come back Nate is left alone (except for his imaginary friend Sam) and afraid--until a mysterious girl trying to solve the clues of a long-ago treasure hunt turns up.
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Inc.,, 2020
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781338216318
Characteristics: 232 pages ;,20 cm.


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JCLChrisK Nov 18, 2019

After a tense setup the first couple of chapters, Nate finds himself abandoned in a remote cottage. Some of the why is gradually revealed as he struggles to emotionally come to terms with what has led him there. The rest of the why is a mystery until near the book's end, giving him new emotional trauma to deal with. He does his best to survive, with the sporadic company of two other children his age who may or may not be real. You might not think a kid hanging out in an abandoned house for a couple of days would make the most exciting story, but, in this case, you would be wrong. There's the suspense of how long Nate will be stranded, plus the unfolding of his anguish, all paced perfectly for maximum investment. It's a surreal ordeal that is gripping and cathartic.

Jul 09, 2019

This book was mysterious and eerie at times yet heartwarming as well. Nathan and his mom flee to a cottage of a friend to escape the emotional abuse of the mother's boyfriend, Gary. As we learn throughout the book, he was a twisted human being. Mom leaves the cottage to buy groceries and does not return leaving 11-year-old Nathan alone in the winter with only a chicken for real company. He does, have two companions during this time and they contribute to his survival in unexpected ways considering the fact that they may or may not be imaginary. An interesting read, especially for kids who love a mystery with a creepy side.

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