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The Purloined Boy: The Weirdling Cycle, Book 1 Paperback – April 2, 2009

4.9 out of 5 stars 24 ratings

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Editorial Reviews


Silver Medal Winner of the Moonbeam Children's Book Award

Gold Medal Winner in the National Young Adult Fiction category 2010 IPPY Awards --Independent Publisher

...a great story, ...a pleasure to read. ...beautifully written... -- Teensreadtoo.com

...a fantasy world to rival the most unique. -- FlashlightWorthyBooks.com

...everything that kids look for in Young Adult books and more. ...a major find and certainly a joy to read. -- Fantasy Book Critic

...took me completely by surprise. ...Mortimus Clay's writing style is absolutely charming and sinister all in the same breath... --DreamStuffBooks.com

...a story that anybody can appreciate and indeed thrill to, but whose deeper foundations can be glimpsed by those with eyes to see. --Gilbert Magazine, the offical publication of The American Chesterton Society

This very competent work should appeal to middle grade readers and imagines a world in which children are stolen away from their families. Trapped in Superbia, where stolen boys and girls are watched over by guardians until they become food for the bogeys, Trevor wakes up in cold sweats every night from terrifying dreams. With the help of a spunky mouse named Zephyr and a clever girl named Maggie, Trevor escapes from Superbia and is reunited with Epictetus, a friendly slave from Superbia who is also a member of the Guild of the Sun-Eaters. After being pulled in two directions by guild members with opposing visions, Trevor finds that his greatest mission and adventures lie in the future. ...this jaunty outing -- and its cliffhanger ending -- could be just the beginning of Trevors story. --Publishers Weekly

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The Purloined Boy is a work of fantasy literature for young adults. In parts dark and grotesque, in others luminous and inspiring; it could be described as R.L. Stine meets Plato. It begins with the question, “Where do all those children on the milk cartons go?” It provides the answer through the eyes of a boy named Trevor Upjohn—the purloined boy. Trevor endures the misery of life in Superbia but dreams of going home. He finds unlikely allies in an old man, a girl named Maggie, and a strange but powerful mouse named Zephyr.The Purloined Boy brings together the worlds of young adult fantasy and classical philosophy. It reads like a popular young adult fantasy, but for those with eyes to see, the book is suffused with allusions to philosophical themes and insights. These are never presented in a didactic manner; rather they are woven into the story to provide depth and richness without drawing attention to them. The Purloined Boy is intended to be both entertaining and enriching – the sort of book that can be read again and again for enjoyment and profit.

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