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The Stolen Child
The Stolen Child
Author: Keith Donohue
Come away, O human child! — To the waters and the wild — With a faery, hand in hand, — For the world's more full of weeping than you — can understand — Inspired by the W.B. Yeats poem that tempts a child from home to the waters and the wild, THE STOLEN CHILD is a modern fairy tale narrated by the child Henry Day and his double. — On a summer night, He...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781400096534
ISBN-10: 1400096537
Publication Date: 5/8/2007
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 99 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 0
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bananapancakes avatar reviewed The Stolen Child on + 95 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
It is about two lives--a seven-year-old boy and a centurien-- that are forever changed when they swap places with one another, one knowing and the other not.
This book was not at all what i imagined it to be: it was dark, imaginative, like a quiet little noise you can't get out of your head. It drew me in and every second i got i read. Rated 4.5/5
MerryHearted avatar reviewed The Stolen Child on + 35 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
Intriguing and heartbreaking novel about alienation and the need we all have to know who we are and where we came from. This resonated with me mostly as I thought of my daughter -- abandoned, and adopted from a foreign country, it's highly unlikely she will ever know her blood roots. Is she also a stolen child in some ways?
The novel didn't enrapture me the way some do; I never found myself having to stay up and read just one more chapter. But a worthy read nonetheless, and one not so easily forgotten.
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Helpful Score: 7
A really interesting and strangely engaging story. The truly interesting part of this book was how Donohue intertwined the two stories of Henry Day; the changeling that took his place in the big world and the stolen child (the real Henry Day). Both boys are in search of what they have lost and trying to survive in their new worlds. A true fantasy book for those who are not necessarily fantasy readers.
megt avatar reviewed The Stolen Child on + 178 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I dont know what made me purchase this book, creative product placement I assume, but it sat on my shelf for over a year. It wasnt until I noticed that it was a wishlist book on this site that I decided to try to read it before posting it for another member. WOW. It was truly a fascinating and interesting read. Different but very creative, well worth the time, this story and its characters will stay with me for a long time.
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Helpful Score: 4
Believable and haunting. One of the few opposite and alternating viewpoint (chapter by chapter) books I've read that converges without destroying the plot while holding your interest
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A modern day fairy tale. Very moving and sad. Greatly enjoyed it.
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A very good concept for a story. Taking a human child and replacing her/him with a fairy child from the woods.
That child then takes over the humans life, grows up, and his replacement stays the same age for centuries until its his turn to become another human. Told from the views of both the fairy child and the human. I found it very interesting.
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wonderful book. Will read it again. Good book about growing up and coming to terms with things you have or have not done the right way.
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This was a wonderful story I had also gotten the audio to it and it was narrated great. it is about a hob goblin and a boy and how their worlds switch and how they each handle it. It is written with both characters coming to life and you are able to understand how both feel. It was just a fabulous read. I took my time reading it but it has really taken a place in my heart so this book I will not be trading this is going on my never give away shelf. I hope you get a copy though and read the book it is a fantastic read.
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Well written, I simply couldn't get into the story.