THE LOST CHILDREN by Carolyn Cohagan


Age Range: 11 - 13
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Twelve-year-old Josephine falls through a wormhole into a land whose cruel ruler bears her distant father’s name in this confused and confusing debut. Arriving suddenly in the cellar of a decrepit orphanage, Josephine quickly hooks up with silent Fargus and bossy Ida (who seems none the worse for having both parents murdered), then escapes to take on the locality’s Master—an all-knowing, unaging lad who compels families to give up their children. Said children are left tied up in deep holes, where a pair of doglike monsters feed on them in some nebulous way. Most of the tale reads like a rough draft: Fargus and Ida somehow go from free to captive with no transitional scene, for instance, and the author never troubles to explain how the Master can know everything about everybody in the land, or what exactly it is that the monsters consume that leaves their victims (and the Master) with adult minds in the bodies of children. Readers who get to the resolution will find it as contrived and illogical as the rest of the book. (Fantasy. 11-13)

Pub Date: Feb. 9th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4169-8616-4
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Aladdin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2010