The Disapparation of Jamesby Anne Ursu
The Woodrow family is at the circus to celebrate Greta's seventh birthday. When a clown asks for a volunteer from the audience, the parents are shocked when James, their extremely shy five-year-old, raises his hand. James thrives in the spotlight, and as the clown leads him through the routine, the parents glow with pride as the audience cheers for their son. The
The Woodrow family is at the circus to celebrate Greta's seventh birthday. When a clown asks for a volunteer from the audience, the parents are shocked when James, their extremely shy five-year-old, raises his hand. James thrives in the spotlight, and as the clown leads him through the routine, the parents glow with pride as the audience cheers for their son. The cheers turn into thundering applause as the act culminates in spectacular fashion, with James vanishing before their very eyes. The trouble is that James really does vanishpoofinto thin air.
As the police and media descend on the Woodrows, they feel that the laws of the universe have shattered. How can you solve a puzzle with no logic? As young Greta sets out to discover what really happened to her brother, each family member grapples with the joys and perils of loving, the persistence of loss, and the magic of everyday life.
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
- Age Range:
- 13 - 18 Years
Meet the Author
Anne Ursu is the author of Spilling Clarence. She has worked at a major book retailer, as the theater critic for City Pages (Minneapolis), and as an arts writer for the Portland Phoenix (Maine). She lives in Mountain View, California.
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I thought this book was awesome and quite a page turner. It's great that the story moves along by each chapter being by a different character's perspective. Truly a great, creative story
A flawless novel in which a little boy vanishes during a night out with his family. The consequences which follow plague everyone. Your empathy for the family never waivers as you read about the disappearance through the eyes of James's mother, father, sister, and the police officer assigned to protect the family in the aftermath. An amazing novel that deserves more attention.
Takes an unlikely--indeed unbelievable--premise and makes out of it a thoroughly charming and wonderful story. Surprising, compassionate and gripping. I nearly had to put it down because I couldn't stand to find out what happened to James. But then, of course, I couldn't put it down!
Rarely do I say this about a book and I read probably 1 book every 10 days. This one was exceptional -- a stunning debut by an incredibly talented writer. I do not have any children of my own and felt as though I was suffering as a parent right along with James' parents. This book exemplifies what really good fiction is all about. Kudos to you, Anne!
Innovative and moving, Ms. Ursu flirts with possibilities in the most haunting of ways. How do we dare to love in a world where loss is everwhere? Daring fiction at its finest.
you want to be completely bored! This book is poorly written, predictable and long winded. The disorganization and lame dialogue make this one of the worst books I have ever read! I do NOT recommend this to anyone, and see it as a huge waste of time.