David’s father remarries shortly after his mother dies, then his dad’s new wife has a new baby. He spends most of his time in his new room of his new house mourning his loss, when strange things begin to happen. First, it all seems like a dream, when he sees a strange man lurking around. Things begin to seem more and more real, until one day he sees a soft spot in the garden that transports him into a strange new world! In this world he finds many mysterious creatures, some evil and some good, but he can’t seem to find his way back home. He then learns of a book that the king possesses that will show him the way home. So he begins his long and dangerous journey through this new land. While many of the strange creatures in this new land do not want him to return home, everyone seems to have different motives.
This is the second time that I have listened to this book. It was good the first time, but I wasn’t very good at concentrating on audiobooks, so I thought I’d give it another try. First of all, the narrator is amazing. He made me feel immersed in the story. The story also felt very real and very believable. Amidst a terrible tragedy, and a world completely changing around him, David must try to make peace with everything that is happening to him. This wonderfully odd story is about a boy who matures through a great and terrifying adventure. He meets friends, and he meets enemies, and sometimes he doesn’t know which is which. I love how brave David is throughout the whole book. I love that he is the kind of brave that still gets scared. He has great instincts and because of all of this, he truly lives an experience that he will never forget. It is uplifting and heartbreaking all at the same time.