Monday, March 23, 2015
by A. F. Harrold
Rudger is Amanda’s best friend. He doesn't exist, but nobody's perfect.
Only Amanda can see her imaginary friend – until the sinister Mr. Bunting arrives at Amanda's door. Mr. Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumour says that he eats them. And he's sniffed out Rudger. Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. But can a boy who isn’t there survive without a friend to dream him up?
While A. F. Harrold's recently released middle grade novel is entitled, The Imaginary, it is the author's own imagination that is so impressive. Rarely do I read a children's book that makes me sit up and take notice for its sheer originality, but Mr. Harrold's novel did just that. This well-written story is funny, frightening, and fast-paced. In addition to that, the beautiful illustrations by Emily Gravett make The Imaginary a true gem. I highly recommend this novel to readers aged eight to twelve.
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