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Ursu, Anne. The disapparation of James, a novel.

URSU, Anne. The disapparation of James, a novel. Hyperion. 278p. c2003.0-7868-8663-3. $13.95. SA

This is a story of the fragility of love and the mystery and magic that surround families. When Justin and Hannah take their shy five-year-old son James and his outgoing sister, Greta, to the circus, they are surprised when James volunteers to go on stage with the magician. As the last trick, the boy disappears ... and no one knows where he went. In telling the story of the next few weeks of the life of the family, the author writes with great feeling and empathy for the family members, the magician and the police officers who almost become part of the family. The magic of family and when it can be explained and when it cannot is the theme of the book. It calls for a certain suspension of disbelief, but it also is based in reality. The subplot about the sister and a cop is particularly touching. The book has some foul language, which might limit its use with younger YAs, but high school students and adults will enjoy this book. Nola Theiss, Sanibel, FL
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Date:May 1, 2004
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