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The Solitaire Mystery

Jostein Gaarder

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

A journey, an adventure and a philosophy class in one amazing book.

Twelve-year-old Hans and his father have left home to search for Hans's mother. She went to Greece to 'find herself' when he was four. Hans's father loves to philosophise on life (and to drink) and Hans is always happy to listen.
But this turns out to be a strange journey. A dwarf in Switzerland gives Hans a magnifying glass. Next day a baker gives him a bun with a tiny book in it. As Hans begins to read the book, he discovers an incredible cast of characters, from a shipwrecked sailor to a Joker who looks too deeply and too much.
The more he reads, the more Hans begins to think that the book is trying to tell him something about his own life. But will it help him to find his mother
An incredibly imaginative book, that lingers in the mind long after the last page has been read.

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Jostein Gaarder

Jostein Gaarder was born in Oslo in 1952. Sophie's World, the first of his books to be published in English, has been translated into 60 languages and has sold over 40 million copies. He is the author of many other bestselling, beloved novels and children's books, including The Orange Girl, The Christmas Mystery and The Ringmaster's Daughter. He lives in Oslo with his family.