A Thief in the House of Memory

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Groundwood Books Limited, Aug 16, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
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It has been six years since sixteen-year-old Dec's free-spirited mother, Lindy, disappeared. Dec feels so trapped in the present that he has avoided examining his past. But when an intruder dies in the museum-like family home, the man's death sends forth tremors that reawaken forgotten memories. Suddenly Dec is flooded with visions of his mother so tangible it's hard to believe they're not real.

At least Dec has his best friend -- gifted, funny Ezra -- to help him sort out what's real and what isn't. But as Dec's dream visions of his mother turn into nightmares, Ezra announces he's going away, leaving Dec haunted by questions that must be answered. What did happen to his mother? And who really is the thief in the house of memory?

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User Review  - ARQuay - LibraryThing

A Thief in the House of Memory examines the power and questionable reliability of memory and how differences in recollections can affect a family’s relations. Author Tim Wynne-Jones introduces readers ... Read full review

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User Review  - RedPalango - LibraryThing

Another really decent Canadian novel; short but enjoyable. There nothing particularly outstanding about it that I remember. Just solid writing, engaging story and main characters....a little longer ... Read full review

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Tim Wynne-Jones is one of Canada's foremost writers for children. The author of over thirty books, he is a two-time winner of the Governor General's Award, as well as a two-time winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and of the Arthur Ellis Award. He is the recipient of many other prizes at home and internationally including the Edgar Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. In 2012 he was made an Officer to the Order of Canada. He lives in Perth, Ontario.

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