Lost in the Moment and Found

Tor.com. (Wayward Children, Bk. 8). Jan. 2023. 160p. ISBN 9781250213631. $21.99. FANTASY
Antoinette Ricci lost her father, then eventually knew she had to get lost herself before something awful happened to her. Now unsure of almost everything, Antsy has landed in the Shop Where the Lost Things Go and finds that every door she opens leads to a place worlds away from home. As she explores new places with her new friends, she learns who she is meant to be. She also discovers the shop’s origins and sees that even if she finally finds herself, the shop may not open the door to lead her back home. McGuire’s powerful writing shines here as do the courageous protagonist and intricate setting descriptions. Cameos of previous worlds and characters are sprinkled in the storytelling, serving to strengthen the ties between all of the series titles and characters’ backstories. McGuire serves readers a trigger warning at the beginning (and promise of escape) due to early situations of grooming and child abuse.
VERDICT The eighth book (after Where the Drowned Girls Go) of McGuire’s “Wayward Children” series is a haunting adventure about the loss of childhood innocence and ultimately, about finding strength and belonging.
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