Review: The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson


Nate and his mother are running away, hiding out in a tumbledown cottage in the middle of a forest. When Mum heads off for provisions, and then doesn’t return, Nate is left alone and afraid, with the dark closing in all around him.

But comfort can come from the most unexpected of places – a mysterious girl trying to solve the clues of a treasure hunt and the reappearance of an old friend from his past.

Will Nate find the bravery needed to face the troubles of his present and ultimately illuminate the future?

A story of fear and hope, loneliness and friendship – full of the heart, engaging characters and propulsive, page-turning mystery that has made THE GOLDFISH BOY the breakout children’s books hit of 2017.



So today I’m hosting Lisa Thompson on the blog as part of the blog tour for her new book, The Light Jar.  I’ve just read the book over the festive break and thought, “What better time to put up a mini review?!” so here’s my thoughts on The Light Jar:

I was a big fan of Lisa’s previous book, Goldfish Boy, because it had a great mix of tender heart to it with a good sense of wonder and adventure.  The Light Jar really shines like the true star that it is and it might even be better that her debut, which was pretty good to start with.  Dealing with some tough and tricky subject matter for a younger audience, Thompson manages to hold an audience on the edge of their seat and keep you guessing as to what is real and what will happen in the end.  I loved the relationship between Nate and his mum and how it changes from the before and after moments in their lives.

The Light Jar is a perfect book to give a child who is going though difficult times in their lives so they can know that they aren’t alone in feeling a bit scared or lost and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Fear can be conquered and success can be had but sometimes you have to get through the hard bits first.

I’m so glad that my 2018 reads have got off to a good start with a sweet and strong tale like The Light Jar.  I have my own jar of lights now for the hallway at night and it’s even more lovely to see after reading the book.

Published by Scholastic UK and is available in all good bookshops and online now

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