Not always are things that go missing misplaced or stolen, sometimes the force behind such eerie incidences can be magic. In Moïra Fowley-Doyle ‘s Spellbook of the Lost and Found, magic is the driving force behind the disappearance of Olive and Rose’s things, such as their jewellery, keys and clothes. But Rose loses something bigger that cannot be categorised under petty thievery. Set in the pleasant Irish summer, the story brings realism to supernatural characters and the magic that surrounds the island. Just as Moira’s first book The Accident Season, this has an eerie, gloomy atmosphere back drop too, giving the story a sense of unpredictability.
When another girl’s secrets from her diary start pouring out in public, Rose and Olive can’t help but link the two incidents together. Following a series of events that leave the duo further tangled in the mystery, they meet Ivy, Rowan and Hazel. Just like Rose, they have lost some big little things too and are scared to talk about it. To add to these events, a red spell book makes appearance and so does a charming new boy boy named Jude. The girls use the spell and it leads to more things being stolen but this time around things are found too – a lost sister, two boys, a little elvish girl are found among many other things.
Do no harm, but take no shit.
Spellbook of the Lost and Found
The book is narrated in a very whimsical style with events and the three storylines working at different times but jumbled together. There are also numerous characters – mostly teens making an entrance at different points and in different timelines of the story. Overall, the book has a lot of layers that keep giving you more to indulge in page after page. Apart from the storytelling, the book also raises some serious concerns regarding the lives of teenagers – Hazel’s hatred towards herself explores the topic of slf harm. Rose, who has lost a much bigger thing to even talk about it finally gathers courage to face her demons and the fact that parents aren’t always in the right.
For the lovers of supernatural meets mystery meets teen drama, Spellbook of the Lost and Found is a must pick. The story has been told in a journal like format, adding to the secretive factor that the story thrives on. Loved for her use of magic, surrealism and for being a voice that connects with the young readers, Moira Fowly doesn’t disappoint with this one.
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