Twelve-year-old Josephine Russing has accepted certain circumstances in her life. She must always wear gloves. (It's a law!) Her father ignores her. She doesn't have any friends. But that all changes one day with the arrival of a mute boy called Fargus. When searching for him, Josephine finds herself transported into a parallel universe where children are scarce and everyone fears the "Master." With Fargus and his friend Ida by her side, Josephine intends to solve the mystery of the "Master" and return home.
What I thought: What a magical book! It had me hooked from the first paragraph. Though the best genre word to describe The Lost Children would be fantasy, I also appreciate the mystery elements in the story. It had a twist at the end that even I wasn't expecting. The blurb likens the book to Alice in Wonderland and I agree. However, I wold also name The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as similar. This book with its enchanting, adventurous story, believable characters, dastardly villain, and strong friend has the makings of a classic fantasy for children.
(New York: Aladdin, February 2010. ARC provided by publisher.)