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Ich I felt really captured the essence of Wallace s charming and whimsical book were bookaddictshaun Lindasbookbag and fromfirstpagetolast Have a look at their elouent and thoughtful reviews This is a Young Adult novel but the excitement and enthusiasm from the adult reviewers prove that children s fiction is pertinent to all ages and a great place to discover talented and innovative writersAs other bloggers also found this review took far too long to write and was a real challenge Now as I come to an end I feel bereft at leaving the world of Liverpool Lime Street and Martha s storyBorrowing words from the book I d like to end by repeating what is said to Martha You bring delight to all who cross your pathI hope you also take the time to delight in Martha and her storyEnormous thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review A little over a week ago I shared a review for one of my Books of the Year so far In Her Wake I spent probably time than was needed deciding what to read next after finishing it because of the effect that book had on me I picked p The Finding of Martha Lost because of an intriguing blurb and because I know Lime Street Station What I wasn t expecting was to come across a book that whilst somewhat different to In Her Wake has had a similar effect on me It is a story I ll never forget one that consumed me whilst I was reading it and one with characters who I think will still be living in my thoughts some months down the line It completely took me by surprise and already I am recommending this book to anybody who will listen I was talking about it to a girl I work with and I was practically hopping on the spot with excitement as I tried to tell her what this book was about without spoiling it too much and that s the problem I have with this review it s such a difficult book to discuss especially when there s so much I want to shout aboutMy opener when discussing this book is to say it s about a girl called Martha Lost who lives in the lost luggage at Lime Street Station Now anybody who has visited Lime Street would ask how a girl could live in such a boxlike structure But The Finding of Martha Lost is set mostly in the 1970 s and rather than the station it is today Caroline Wallace has created the most niue imaginative and magical place to set a story and in terms of setting alone it s the best I ve read this year and I thought to myself when reading it that I hadn t wished a place was so real and that I could visit it since Hogwarts Even this week I ve been walking through the station and looking at it differently as if those tunnels and passageways that Caroline brought to life in my mind so well are suddenly going to appear and offer me access The character of Martha Lost felt so real that I felt as if I was walking I m not brave enough to spin like Martha does every morning her path and that her legacy somehow lived on through the station For a character to not even feel fictional to feel like someone who actually lived is a rare thing for an author to achieve in a story but Caroline Wallace has with this remarkable piece of workI don t even want to talk about the plot too much because the story nfolds in a way that you really need to know as little as possible about it before you pick it Asylum and Other Stories up Martha Lost has been lost since she was a baby told by the woman who took her in Mother that she was abandoned in a suitcase on the train from Paris and since then she s waited in the lost property at Lime Street Station for someone to claim her Sixteen years later and she s still hopeful Martha is simply the most delightful character with an outlook on life far beyond her young years and it wasn t that she was written older than she was meant to be but because the life she s led so far has forced her to growp fast and even then there are numerous moments throughout the book where Martha comes across younger than she s meant to be because of her naivety and because she knows nothing of the outside world because Mother told her the station will crumble if she leaves it And so she builds a life for herself through lost property where she has a niue ability to touch an item and find out its story and through books and her wonderful best friend Elisabeth who runs a cafe on the station and offers advice and encouragement throughout the story to allow who runs a cafe on the station and offers advice and encouragement throughout the story to allow the courage and strength to finally find out who she really is There are numerous other characters vital to this story but I really think readers should discover them for themselvesCaroline
Wallace is a wonderful writer and behind all the magic there s a real story to be had here and it is a wonderful writer and behind all the magic there s a real story to be had here and it certainly an emotional "one in places as Martha finally starts to discover who she really is I could fill "in places as Martha finally starts to discover who she really is I could fill review with some of my favourite otes from the book but it was perhaps the ones from Martha that stuck in my mind the most I read somewhere that most four year olds smile four hundred times a day but then by the time they become adults they only smile twenty times a day I m not sure I want to be an adult People are always in a hurry They only realise the worth of something after they lose it Martha Lost isn t a character I could relate to as such but Caroline allows the reader to connect with her to Cirsova (Issue understand her and as the story progressed I felt as if Martha was offering hope to my own life Showing that there are ways to get through those difficult moments that we sometimes have in life and that s one of the great things about this story I think people are going to take so many different things from it Martha s love of books is perhaps one of the things book lovers will enjoy most about this book especially when they discover something about where she stores them If I had to compare Martha with somebody I think it would have to be Matilda Both her outlook on life and herpbringing Her passion and love for boo. Meantime there are mysteries to solve secret tunnels nder the station a suitcase that may have belonged to the Beatles the roman soldier who appears at the same time every day with his packed lunch Not to mention the stuffed monkey. ,
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I m afraid I was a bit of a bibliomaniac book stalker about this title The world of book lovers are very excited about The Finding of Martha Lost but what really intrigued me was the way all the reviewers and bloggers confessed that they had found it impossible to review this Young Adult novel they had all struggled to formulate their responses and define the impact it had made on them Of course they all actually wrote exceptionally elouently and competently about it far better than I will manage today but I was suddenly desperate to get hold of Wallace s novel and find out exactly what had left these critics literally lost for wordsNow I have read it I totally nderstand their reaction How do you write about something so magical inspiring The Volleyball Coaching Bible - Volume II (The Volleyball Coaching Bible, uplifting imaginativeniue and stunning Wallace s command of language is so masterful anything I attempt to put into words will be seriously inferiorThe Finding of Martha Lost is set in 1976 Lime Street Station Liverpool Martha was abandoned as a new born baby in a suitcase on the train from Paris in 1960 Sixteen years later she still remains hopeful that someone will come to claim her from the lost property desk where waits the station is her home and she has never ever taken a single step outside of it in all her life As she waits her life continues with mysteries to solve secret tunnels Diccionario trilingüe Miskitu - Sumu-Mayangna - Español under the station to discover and a suitcase that might have belonged to the Beatles to deal with But Martha wants solve the mystery of who she is and who her birth mother is The authorities have found out about her hiding out in the station and her time is running out If she can t discover who she really is she will lose everything After all to have your happy ending you have to have your beginningI don t think I ve read a book that is wholly set on a station before but it made me realise how well such a location lends itself to inspiring fiction Stations are full of people journeys secrets beginnings endings and things that get left behind and forgotten The building itself automatically creates a dramatic stage and Wallace ably evokes the atmosphere so that it is easy to visualise every nook and cranny You feel as if you are standing there pirouetting behind Martha and her group of colourful friendsIt s not just the setting and situation that are bewitching It is the character of Martha She is curious vivacious loving warm dramatic energetic colourful and out of a fairy tale She spins and twirls across the platforms oblivious to anything but seeing the best in things Her infectious inuisitiveness seeps out of her highlighting her childishness and naivety Yet her observations about people and the objects in Lost Property indicate a perceptive mind than many adults Such observations often seemirky and too fairy tale like but in reality they reveal deep insight and awareness Martha also has a special gift When I rub my finger over something that is lost I can tell how the item came to be lost However her real gift her real magic is being able to nderstand people s truths and hidden emotionsYes this is a book of magic and wonder where fairy tales and real life intermingle producing an intoxicating brew which will leave you thirsting for Martha collects books which she "arranges by colour to create a rainbow of secrets It is her library of found books as "by colour to create a rainbow of secrets It is her library of found books as wants to collect lost words and let them have a voice She is concerned with showing respect for the books and seeing their beauty Some of the books have inscriptions which tell me a different story to the one in the bookthese words weren t meant for me it s like I ve overheard a secret The inscriptions are a secret message between the book giver and the book receiver the reason for giving a book is another story of its own that interests her than what is printed on the actual pages Now I not only want to give even books as gifts but inscribe every book I will bestow in the futureMartha reflects on stories books and language throughout the whole novel The words lost and found are sprinkled across the pages as a constant reminder of Martha s need to find her birth mother and her own name Her responses to books are so innocent yet so original and astute I am jealous of the way in which she is able to view the worldMartha breaks all conventions For example of reading she says Sometimes I think it s ok to meet characters and then create your own story for them If a character is killed or hurt and I m not happy with that I turn back to just before the events took a nasty twist She is surely the most captivating and beautifully imagined character in children s fiction that I have come across in a very very long timeAs her search for her birth mother name and National Insurance number continue Martha begins to receive books in the post with inscriptions just for her The books chosen are all brilliant choices to further illustrate the overriding themes of searching of lost and found for example I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Great Expectations and Stranger in a Strange Land And the otes about fairy tales scattered between the chapters are eually effective and from eually great literary voices But they are not overly worthy just gently reminding s Of The Continuation Of Martha the continuation of Martha fairy tale as she picks p the narrative and begins the next partThere is depth to the story than just a world of words and an enchanting sprite It is an exploration of trust friendship estions and answers love safety protection being lost and being found To borrow Martha wise words I wonder if being lost is about waiting to be foundThe adjectives that follow The Finding of Martha Lost across Twitter are remarkable astounding compelling endearingly breathtaking hypnotic surreal and simultaneously innocent and wise It s been a while since I ve seen such nrestrained passion over a new novel There were numerous blogs about this book and I can t list them all but three wh. 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Ks practically made the book glow in my hands and what it also did for me was make me think about the stories of books beyond the words within them especially second hand books that have been passed around many different peopleI lived and breathed this novel whilst reading it and I was close to bereft when I turned its final page Caroline effortlessly captures the era this book is set in and those sights and sounds the music and the city come alive on the page I wasn t ready to leave these characters or the setting behind but thankfully it lives on in my mind and this isn t a book I ll only be reading once but one that I will return to again and again and I can definitely see it becoming a favourite of mine and I m almost certain it ll be on my Books of the Year list come December It s one I think I ll read again and notice different things and it ll become one of those books where it s like meeting Pirate Barbarian up with old friends The Finding of Martha Lost is a remarkable magical perfect novel that completely took me by surprise and offered me one of the most enjoyable reading experiences and journeys I have ever had in a book Please if you have this book on your TBR or think you would like to read it do not even hesitate to push it right to the top of the pile because it s a decision you will no There can t be many writers who can turn an ordinary train station in the centre of a busy city into a magical world of wonder and discovery but Caroline Wallace has done just that The Finding of Martha Lost is a book that I have looked forward for many many months I heard the author read from it at the Transworld event last year and was transfixed my gasp as she finished her reading was heard all over the room This story is beautifully told and that gasp was certainly not my lastMartha is a sixteen year old girl who has never left Liverpool s Lime Street station She was found there and has stayed there The woman who she called Mother always told her that if she left the station it would crumble and be no Mother took Martha 5 Words Lost family love truth lossThis book was full of wonder and whimsy and I found it only too easy to suspend disbelief and plunge head first into Martha a magical worldMartha is a bit of a weird one but from her story it s easy to see why She has a bit of an old soul a way of looking at the world that goes past the surface At times she seems so worldly Then something happens and you remember that she isn t she s just this scared little girl who has never even left Lime Street Station never felt the sun direct on her skinI did like that I was neverite sure of Martha I was never sure what was in her head and what was real what she saw in her visions or with her eyes When she first described George Harris I wasn t sure what she truly meant and it was only when properly introduced that I started to trust Martha As insular as Martha s world is the author has put so much into the setting Sights and smells and colours and people The descriptions were sometimes so vivid that I even felt a bit sick at times sorry William I loved the music and dance and the passion of the characters Except Mal No one likes MalThere are lots of small mysteries but there is also huge a thread of mystery throughout the story and I have to admit that I hadn t worked it out ntil just a few paragraphs before the reveal It was a great feeling coming to the same conclusion at the same time as the characterBut what about that suitcase in the basementThis was a
Wonderful Wistful Whimsical Readwistful whimsical read enchanting story The Finding of Martha Lost is a coming of age tale about a sweet innocent and caring teenage girl who was found in the station as a baby left in the lost property office but was never claimed Martha grew p in the train station living with the woman she was brought Soap Making Bible up to call Mother and helping to run the lost property office She never dared to leave the station as Mother told her it would crumble if she did so she would not step outside the station for fear of destroying the only home and people she knewBefore reading this book I never would have thought it possible for a train station to feel so homely and magical This story is filled with friendship love family secrets hope magic and self discovery Who would have thought so much could happen in a train station I will be people watching and looking for the magic myself next time I m waiting for a train at the station Perhaps I ll even do a little spinI adored Martha s love of books and her belief that a book is than just a book but has a variety of stories connected to it Her emotional connection with books really struck a chord with me as books have played a big part throughout most of my life If a book s been found the least I can do is read it Then it won t feel lost any longer Martha is the main character in this story but there is also a wonderful mix of other characters that are a part of Martha s little world There are some lovely characters that I couldn t help but love On the other hand Martha snpleasant mother reminded me a little of the scary mother in Stephen King s CarrieI wasn t really interested in The Beatles side of the story as I m of a Rolling Stones "kind of a girl but I do nderstand its importance considering the location of the train station "of a girl but I do nderstand its importance considering the location of the train station is for this reason that I give this book an overall 4 star rating as this aspect didn t hold my attention or feel as magical as the other parts of the story I believe in everything ntil it s disproved So I believe in fairies the myths dragons It all exists even if it s in your mind Who s to say that dreams and nightmares aren t as real as the here and now John LennonI think this will mostly appeal to fans of magical realism and young adult fictionI would like to thank the publisher Random House UK Transworld Publishers Doubleday for allowing me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That someone keeps misplacingBut there is one mystery Martha cannot solve And now the authorities have found out about the girl in lost property Time is running out if Martha can’t discover who she really is she will lose everything. ,