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This week marks the publication of The Key to Finding Jack (available here) -the story of a lost brother, a mysterious key and the search for its intended owner.
Read on for a review of The Key to Finding Jack and then head over to author Ewa’s guest booklist featuring 5 brilliant grannies in children’s books.
Book Title: The Key to Finding Jack (available here)
Author: Ewa Jozefkowicz
Illustrator: Katy Riddell
Publication Date: September 2020
Most Suitable For: Years 5-6+
Flick adores her older brother Jack. She loves his sense of fun, his passion for puzzles and riddles and the feeling that she gets from the special sibling bond they share.
There’s been an empty space in Flick’s heart ever since Jack headed off to Peru on a gap year trip, but at least Flick knows that Jack is immersed in exciting adventures. When the shock news arrives of an earthquake in Peru, nobody is able to contact Jack and Flick’s world falls apart. Through a blur of panic and confusion, Flick pieces together fragments of a puzzle to try to find Jack – centred around a special key that Jack left behind with the initials S.F. written on it. As the family anxiously waits for news of Jack, Flick sets the wheels in motion for her own investigation, desperately trying to track down the mysterious S.F.. Along the way, she discovers a host of other friends and family members who are meaningful in Jack’s world, each with their own tale to tell of how kind and special her brother is to them.
True to style, Ewa Jozefkowicz weaves a multi-layered narrative of self discovery that explores the riches of family bonds and the value of listening to the stories of other people. There’s a mystery to solve, a story-within-a-story and plenty of intrigue, and I particularly enjoyed how beautifully the sibling relationship was portrayed. This is a heartwarming third novel from Ewa Jozefkowicz that will resonate with middle-grade readers who enjoy delving into stories with a real-life feel or are looking for a bit of a mystery to get stuck into.
Click here to read author Ewa Jozefkowicz’s guest booklist featuring 5 brilliant grannies in children’s stories.
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