- Age Range: 8 - 13 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 8
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Adaptive Books (March 21, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996488774
- ISBN-13: 978-0996488778
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Memory Thief Hardcover – March 21, 2017
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Memories are slippery things.
Twelve-year-olds Benjamin and his fraternal twin, Kelly, look forward to the Adams County fair every year. There isn't much to do in their corner of Maine besides listen to their parents bicker. This year a new tent appears on the fairgrounds: the Memory Emporium, where a wizened man says he can take and share memories. Narrator Ben hopes that he can help his parents forget their anger. But when he returns to the tent, a young tattooed woman has taken the old man's place. She promises to help the white preteens with their problem if she can have a few memories in return. Her solution seems to harm more than help, though, as the memories of the fairgoers are disappearing, including Kelly's and their parents'. It's up to Ben to figure out how to restore the minds of his family and town before he is forgotten as well. Moore crafts a compelling premise and a plot that delivers more than might be expected. Ben initially believes that a memory is an objective moment in time, but the quest to restore memories brings him to a deeper understanding of how they affect a life. Memories are not separate--they are integral to who we are.
With interesting twists, captivating action, and a down-to-earth lead, this adventure is sure to become a new favorite. (Fantasy. 8-12) --Kirkus Review
With interesting twists, captivating action, and a down-to-earth lead, this adventure is sure to become a new favorite.
About the Author
Bryce Moore is the author of Vodnik (Tu, 2012). When he’s not authoring, he’s a librarian in Western Maine, where he’s also the current president of the Maine Library Association. He’s been happily married since 2001 and is doing his best to raise three new geeks of his very own, while simultaneously convincing his wife that sci-fi/fantasy is awesome. He uses his spare time to fix up his old 1841 farmhouse and shovel snow.
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I loved all of the lines in the book about how memories make us who we are and their importance in our lives. I liked Benjamin as a character, he was a kid, but he wasn't stupid and when he made mistakes he tried his best to fix them. I liked the action/peril and the surprise twists. I liked how the end didn't resolve everything (no spoilers), because life isn't like that. The book reminded me of Lois Lowry's "The Giver" but with a modern premise.
Great read for young boys or girls (or adults like me).