'The Light Jar' is a powerful, touching story about Nate and his mother who wakes him in the middle of the night to take him on holiday. However, it soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems...
This is one of those books which I find so hard to review as I would hate to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it! The book is carefully constructed so that many layers and ideas unfold as the story progresses so the reader gradually finds out more about Nate and the events that led up to his mother deciding that they should leave their home. Lisa Thompson handles difficult subject matter sensitively and thoughtfully, acknowledging and validating fear in its many forms.
The story is about friendship and bravery. The characters are well developed and the plot well paced and engaging. This is definitely one which will be going onto my class shelves and which will be suggested as a book for reading at our JAB meetings.
The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson
Scholastic ISBN: 978-1407171289
Published January 2018