Released on 15 January 2015.

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Mobile Library

3.69 based on 799 ratings & 162 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

Twelve-year-old Bobby Nusku is an archivist of his mother. He catalogues traces of her life and waits for her to return home.

Bobby thinks that he's been left to face the world alone until he meets lonely single mother Val and her daughter Rosa. They spend a magical summer together, discovering the books in the mobile library where Val works as a cleaner. But as the summer draws to a close, Bobby finds himself in trouble and Val is in danger of losing her job. There's only one thing to do -- and so they take to the road in the mobile library...

Quirky, dark, magical and full of heart, Mobile Library is both a tragicomic road trip and a celebration of the adventures that books can take us on. It's a love-letter to unlikely families and the stories that shaped us.

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The story is smart, gripping and deeply moving; the characters are exquisitely crafted and magically real, and it's written with an almost poetic beauty. Put simply, it's everything a book should be . . . stunning . . . engaging and wholly enchanting
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A paean to the transformative power of books
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Whitehouse makes you feel what it's like to be 12 again: the obsessions, the fears, the boundless curiosity. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, sometimes in the space of one page, it's a wise and wondrous reminder just how far a library card can take you . . . Mobile Library is full of heart; it's a novel I can see myself returning to many times in the future . . . has such a big heart its pages seem to emanate warmth
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