Ciaran Richards’ father was a soldier. A hero.
But now he’s dead. Or is he?
Jodie Broom, a 12-year-old girl (almost 13!), is like most girls her age. She loves her friends, music, and is always up for a good adventure. What she treasures above all else are books and she is consumed by them, reading and collecting whatever she can to satisfy her voracious appetite for stories, facts, and history. But Jodie lives in the year 2075, and more than fifty years have passed since the banning of books and paper; it's a time when no one can own a printed book, or even print photographs. In this E-world, experiences are largely simulated, from the reconstituted food to the zoo that only shows films of all the extinct species. With her student library card, which gives her the ability to time travel, Jodie discovers that she and her friends can experience historical events and meet legendary characters, and can also find and bring home her precious books to keep safe in her secret hiding place.
A marvellously realised tale of pure escapism, Jodie and The Library Card proves a wonderfully enchanting blend of classic whimsy and contemporary storytelling. Timely and touchingly appropriate, its charms simply can’t be ignored as Hodgson takes us back to the early excitement of reading we experienced as children, when the act of turning pages took on a magical quality, and then imagines a world where that magic has been lost. Filled with good-hearted fun and high adventure this is a story that teaches but never preaches whilst the framing device of a library card being the key to travelling to poignant moments in time is perfectly pitched with more than enough intrigue in Hodgson’s plot to enchant adult readers as well. Yes, the suspension of disbelief may well be requisite, but her young protagonists always feel real as they attempt to unravel the mystery in which they find themselves embroiled and it makes for a rip-roaring read with plenty of unexpected twists and turns along the way. It also reminds us that storytelling is a never ending act of the imagination that must be cherished and nurtured at all costs.
Simply super and a great start to a highly original new series, Jodie And The Library Card is recommended without reservation.
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