Published by Aladdin on February 9th 2010
Josephine Russing owns 387 pairs of gloves. She's given a new pair every week by her father, a sullen man known best for his insistence that the citizens in town wear gloves at all times.
A world away, the children of Gulm have been taken. No one knows where they might be, except the mysterious and terrifying leader of the land: The Master. He rules with an iron fist, using two grotesque creatures to enforce his terrible reign.
When a peculiar boy named Fargus shows up on Josephine's property and then disappears soon afterward, she follows him without a second thought and finds herself magically transported to Gulm.
After Fargus introduces her to his tough-as-nails friend Ida, the three of them set off on an adventure that will test everything Josephine has ever thought about the rules of the universe, leading to a revelation about the truth of the land of Gulm, and of Josephine's own life back home.
I have to say, I really like multi-world plots, especially in children's novels. You get the best of both worlds, adventure and usually some glances into different cultures. This plot had some great adventure, some very cool worlds to explore, and a bad guy that I would have never thought up in a million years.
I'm going to start with the bad guy of The Lost Children. Definitely an inventive bad guy and the creatures he harnesses are something you do not want to mess with. I love the unusual bad guy, makes the story a lot more interesting.
Josephine, the main character, takes every plot turn in stride, trying her best to make the most of what is going on and keep going so she can get back to her world.
Fargus is the silent sidekick, having lost his ability to speak after he ruined his family's lives, he cannot seem to communicate with his voice. He makes for an interesting character and definitely one that feels guilty for his foolish mistake.
Ida is quite a spitfire, the other companion that has known Fargus growing up and can understand him better than anyone. She definitely is the tough one in the group and keeps them moving at different points in the novel.
Final Verdict: If you've ever been a child or have an imagination, The Lost Children is for you. There's nothing more fun than believing another world exists and there is a doorway to it in your shed. I definitely think this will appeal to all types of kids thanks to the wonderful way it is written.