The Train of Lost Things Read Online Free - A magical story about a boy's love for his dying father and his journey to the mythic Train of Lost Things, where beloved lost objects are rescued and protected until they can be returned. Perfect for fans of The Phantom Tollbooth, The Bridge to Terabithia, and Lost in the Sun.
Marty cherishes the extra-special birthday present his dad gave him -- a jean jacket on which he's afixed numerous buttons -- because it's a tie to his father, who is sick and doesn't have much time left. So when his jacket goes missing, Marty is devastated. When his dad tells him the story of the Train of Lost Things, a magical train that flies through the air collecting objects lost by kids, Marty is sure that the train must be real, and that if he can just find the train and get his jacket back, he can make his dad better as well.
It turns out that the train is real -- and it's gone out of control! Instead of just collecting things that have been accidentally lost, the train has been stealing things. Along with Dina and Star, the girls he meets aboard the train, Marty needs to figure out what's going on and help set it right. As he searches for his jacket, and for a way to fix the train, Marty begins to wonder whether he's looking for the right things after all. And he realizes that sometimes you need to escape reality in order to let it sink in.
In this achingly beautiful adventure, it is the power of memories, and the love between a father and son, that ultimately save the day.
|Title||:||The Train of Lost Things|
|Number of Pages||:||208 pages|
April 11, 2018
4.5 Solid Stars
Marty receives a jacket from his father for his birthday, a few days before he finds out that his father has the bad kind of cancer. The jacket is meant for Marty and his father to build memories between the two of them, and for each memory, Marty get’s a pin to put on the jacket t...
March 17, 2018
Thanks to the author for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.
I honestly am not sure if I love this more for middle grade readers or for parents. I mean, middle graders will LOVE it, but as a parenting tool, it's AMAZING. What could be more comforting to kids who have lost their...
February 20, 2018
Maybe the truest things in life are those that lay somewhere in between forever and nothing at all.
This beautifully magical, emotional train ride will pull at every emotion and fill your heart with hope. The back matter behind the story is emotional and is evident that it helped to propel the st...
February 07, 2018
Interesting back story to why Paquette wrote this.
April 20, 2018
The Train of Lost Things, by Ammi-Joan Paquette, is a middle-grade novel bursting with heart and overflowing with wonder. It's also a story that navigates a tough family situation, and challenges readers to consider what we believe, and how we love. A page-turner that had me shedding tears by the...
February 17, 2018
Received at ALA Midwinter 2018. I totally teared up at the end.
April 18, 2018
Story of the things that really matter to us-and that what really does matter are NOT things. Loved the idea of a train with all the things children/people lose and how we can possibly get them back. Story deals with a parent with cancer. Author's note was very important to me as an adult reader....
April 21, 2018
A fun, sweet story.
April 24, 2018
I liked the overall idea of this book: a boy who is grieving the illness and eventual death of his father by clinging to a jean jacket covered in precious pins symbolizing all their adventures. I wanted to know more about the character of Marty, who he really was inside. He seemed like such a lon...
March 31, 2018
Marty is away from home with his mom on one of her business trips when they are called home unexpectedly. Marty’s dad’s cancer has returned...with a vengeance. When they arrive home, they are told he has days to live. Days! He is fading fast, yet the special, unbreakable bond that Marty and his f...