The Light Jar

The Light Jar

By Author / Illustrator

Lisa Thompson



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Paperback / softback




'I devoured The Light Jar whole and insist you do the same. Pure, breathtaking genius' Maz Evans, bestselling author of Who Let the Gods Out? The second read-in-one-sitting mystery from the bestselling author of The Goldfish Boy, 2017's breakout children's book hit. Nate and his mother are running away, hiding out in a tumbledown cottage in the middle of a forest. When Mum heads off for provisions, and then doesn't return, Nate is left alone and afraid, with the dark closing in all around him. But comfort can come from the most unexpected of places - a mysterious girl trying to solve the clues of a treasure hunt and the reappearance of an old friend from his past. Will Nate find the bravery needed to face the troubles of his present and ultimately illuminate the future? A story of fear and hope, loneliness and friendship - full of the heart, engaging characters and propulsive, page-turning mystery that has made The Goldfish Boy a breakout children's book bestseller.


Maddie - Age 10

A mysterious page turner, The Light Jar is a great read for ages 10 plus. This heart warming story shows the true meaning of friendship, love and hope. Nate and his mother have run away and when mum heads off for food and doesn't return, that leaves him worrying about all sorts of things. Until an old friend visits and he has a confusing treasure hunt with a strange girl! But will mum be back in time for Nate's 12th birthday? I really enjoyed this book as it made me think of how lucky I was to have a caring family and a safe home!

Suggested Reading Age 9+


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