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The Librarian, Book One: Little Boy Lost (edition 2011)

by Eric Hobbs (Author)

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Title:The Librarian, Book One: Little Boy Lost
Authors:Eric Hobbs (Author)
Collections:Read but unowned, Have read, eBook, 2013 (inactive)
Tags:fiction, children's fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy

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Little Boy Lost by Eric Hobbs

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This is one of those free ebooks that ended up on my Kindle. I'm sure the author was hoping that this would be the beginning of a highly popular middle school fantasy series. However, despite some intriguing plot elements, the characters are purely stock, both protagonists and villains, and the writing pedestrian. ( )
  ronincats | May 21, 2014 |
Short but fun. Gives kids a new perspective on writing and how it is not always "happily ever after" for everyone. ( )
  carolvanbrocklin | Dec 27, 2013 |
It’s such a great concept to have adventures begin in a library, don’t you think? After all, don’t libraries hold within their walls some of the greatest adventures? And the very best librarians are those who not only know the secrets within the books that surround them but who, rather than reveal them outright, simply point adventurers in the right direction.

I really enjoyed the fact that Hobbs chose to have very small, bite-sized chapters in The Librarian Saga. They helped me compartmentalize what was happening to the various characters. The pacing of the story was wicked fast … so much so that I finished Part 1 in one sitting because I just couldn’t wait to get to the ending.

What can you expect from Part 1?
• a storyline revolving around Peter Pan
• two main characters who have lots of spunk
• a guest character who’s both piteous and honourable
• mysterious carvings
• a grand adventure

Hobbs has a great love for books and the art of storytelling. His passion seeps through every page of his work. I wonder which literary characters will appear as the saga continues. ( )
  mrsmonnandez | Oct 24, 2013 |
The Librarian by Eric Hobbs
(Book #1: Little Boy Lost)
Source: Purchase
Rating:3/5 stars

Little Lost Boy is the first novella in The Librarian series and introduces the reader to Wes and Taylor, two friends who discover their local library is far, far more than a place that houses books. In fact, their library is a place where the boundaries between the real and fictional worlds are often very, very blurry.

The Astoria Library is the coolest place in town and a place of legend, a place where some of the kids in town fear to go because the building is so old and slightly scary. In fact, no one (and I do mean no one!) even knows exactly when the library was built or who built it. In addition to housing books, the Astoria Library is also home to large-scale displays featuring scenes from some of the world’s most beloved books including Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz and, Fahrenheit 451. There are also beautifully carved panels that depict scenes from other equally beloved books like Huck Finn and Sherlock Holmes. During a field trip to the library, Wes and Taylor inadvertently discover the library and librarians’ secret – the displays and the panels are actually portals into the fictional worlds they depict and like all portals, the door goes both ways.

It doesn’t take long for Wes and Taylor to discover the Little Boy Lost is Locke, one of the Lost Boys from Neverland and he has crossed over into the real world and has no way to get back. Once the three determine they can not only trust one another but also help one another, the mission to get Locke back to Neverland begins. The problems? The kids only have eighty-eight minutes to get Locke back or he will be permanently written out of his book and the key to getting Locke back to Neverland was stolen by Wes’s enemy, Randy. In order to retrieve the key, the kids must go through Oz where they discover a heartbreaking scene – the girl intended to marry the Tin Man who has been abandoned by her beloved. Taylor is so upset by the scene that she convinces Wes and Locke to help her heal the heartbreak of the young girl. Little do the kids know when you mess with events in the fictional world you mess with the entire course of the fictional world which in turn impacts the real world! There’s a surprise for later 

What I liked: Wes and Taylor! In the real world, Wes is always a target of Randy and his crew who are relentless in their harassment. Wes is a super well-read nerd who often won’t stand up for himself so his cute little friend Taylor does. Taylor is a sweet girl with a crush on Wes who genuinely likes Wes and is completely unafraid of Randy. When the two cross over into the fictional world, Wes really comes into his own; he knows these worlds, the stories, and the characters and is totally fearless.
I also liked the concept of crossing over between the real and fictional worlds. While some of the rules seem a bit arbitrary (you can only be gone for 88 minutes?) the overall idea is pretty cool.

The Bottom Line: I got through this read with no difficulty but found the overall read to be just OK. I can totally appreciate how this novella series will appeal to middle grade readers but I can’t see it appealing to an older audience. In truth, there is something about this title that rubbed me the wrong way but I can’t seem to identify what that thing is. In the meantime, I fully intend to continue on with this series and hope whatever it is that is rubbing me wrong, either presents or resolves itself.

P.S. Dear reader, since finishing the first novella in this series and writing this review, I did indeed dive into novella number two. Unfortunately, whatever it is that rubbed me wrong in novella number one didn’t resolve itself and I ended up having to DNF the title :( ( )
  arthistorychick | Jul 18, 2013 |
a great adventure of reading. ( )
  Lobstersurvivor | Apr 5, 2013 |
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