The Light Jar


A deserted cottage overrun by chickens, a desperate escape in the dead of the early night and then the disappearance of his mother? Nate is not certain where to turn. Guidance is offered through Sam, through the Ask Me a Question Magic Ball, through ‘Freaky Things to Freak You Out’, but not longer through his light jar. Mum’s boyfriend Gary destroyed that. Gary destroyed a lot of things. Nate is beginning to remember. While he remembers he helps Kitty, the girl who keeps appearing from the mansion next door, convinced that Nate can help her with the clues to the treasure hunt. Nate’s trying to work out his own clues.

The Light Jar‘ is a stunning book. I read it in one go; I could not put it down for I was so desperate to support Nate, like Sam, on his quest, to come to his rescue. Lisa Thompson has written a masterpiece that will be spoken about with awed voices, shared, read, reread and loved. We recommend ‘The Light Jar‘ to mature readers aged from 9 or 10 years of age.


The Light Jar

Lisa Thompson, with illustrations by Mark Lowery


Despite his mother’s claims that they’ve been to the ‘sweet cottage’ to which they are headed, the deserted wreck to which they travel in a furtive early morning, conjures no memories, and offers nothing inviting. Winter, little food, no communication, two strange children and then, his mother’s disappearance…. what is going on with Nate? ‘The Light Jar’ is a truly compelling, urgent and magnificent story that must be read.


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