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Title: Faraway Things
Author: David Eggers
Illustrator: Kelly Murphy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 8, 2021
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Lucian’s father called them faraway things, those mysterious objects orphaned upon the windswept shore, their stories long lost in the shroud of ocean fog. Lucian’s discovery on the beach this particular day, though, is no ordinary faraway thing. It’s a cutlass: strong, shiny, and powerful. As its history comes to light, Lucian faces a choice: cling to the sword he loves or accept a gift that shines farther, wider, and deeper than he could have ever dreamed.
Wow, what a beautiful book to add to Little Worn Pages’ library! This is a gorgeously illustrated and beautifully told story of a young boy, Lucien, whose father is no longer around. His father is the one who told him about faraway things–things that wash up on shore with lost and mysterious stories. When Lucien finds a cutlass abandoned on the beach, this faraway thing becomes one of his most valuable possessions. It leads him to meet new people, to embark on new adventures, and to learn new lessons. This is a story of hope and selflessness. In a way, it’s a coming of ages story for Lucien, who realizes that there is more to his life than his own wants and desires. He grows to recognize that he can be apart of something greater and he can do some good in the world.
With humour sprinkled throughout, this moving tale about family, adventure, and responsibility is a lovely addition to any little one’s library. The mixed medium artwork is stunning. It’s full of movement with colours and tones that mimic life on the coast. The artwork is the perfect compliment to the sweet story within.