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 Train of lost things
 Author: Paquette, Ammi-Joan


 Publisher:  Philomel Books
 Pub Year: 2018

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 191 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 698677 ISBN: 9781524739393
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Lost and found possessions -- Fiction
 Father-son relationship -- Fiction
 Railroads -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction

Price: $20.01

Summary:
Marty goes in search of the mythical Train of Lost Things, hoping that by finding his heart's possession he can save his father from cancer, but he discovers that, without a driver and conductor, the train is malfunctioning and only Marty and his new friends can fix it.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 197421
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 75224

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (01/15/18)
   School Library Journal (02/01/18)
   Booklist (01/01/18)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/03/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 01/01/2018 A heartbreaking reality is settling over Marty. His father’s cancer has aggressively returned, reducing their time together to a matter of days. Compounding this terrible news is the fact that Marty has lost his beloved jean jacket. This seemingly minor loss takes on new significance as readers learn that the jacket was a gift from Marty’s dad and covered with pins commemorating things they’ve done together. Grief can manifest in strange ways, and in this case, Marty becomes convinced that only the jacket and its memories can jump-start his dad’s recovery. After remembering an old story about a train that collects lost items, Marty strikes out to find the train, recover the jacket, and hopefully save his dad. The unfolding adventure aboard this magical train never loses sight of the grim truth underlying Marty’s story, but the quest for the jacket is essential to his being able to accept his father’s condition. Paquette writes with compassion and a childlike sense of belief, and Marty’s journey—both personal and fantastic—will speak to readers on many levels. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 02/01/2018 Gr 4–6—With a hat tip to The Polar Express and the Hogwarts train in the "Harry Potter" series, this is the story of Marty and his quest for his lost and beloved jacket—a gift from his dying father. The titular train is a magical place where beloved objects are stored and cared for until they can be reunited with their owners. On the hunt for the special jean jacket given to him by his dad, Marty stumbles upon the train. Each of the lost objects has a story which Marty becomes privy to—each tale reveals itself in a video cloud, almost like a social media post. As it turns out, the train is in trouble. The conductor is missing and the train has started to steal objects instead of just collecting and preserving lost items. Marty and his new friends, Dina and Star, must figure out what's wrong and fix the train. Situated firmly within a magical realistic frame, Paquette's descriptions of the train and its curiosities, otherwise known as "heart's possessions," are the most compelling aspects of the narrative, with the sleekness of the machine itself and the range of lost items swirling in the fantastical fog. Marty's pain is undercut by a self-conscious sarcasm which is, at turns, funny and off-putting. Readers will empathize with him and acknowledge the importance of his journey, but his endless quips can be grating. Marty's inner dialogue will appeal to readers of Gordon Korman, Jeff Kinney, and Dav Pilkey. VERDICT Recommended for larger collections and readers of Harry Potter fanfiction.—Alpha DeLap, St. Thomas School, Medina, WA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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