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The Imaginary

by A. F.  Harrold
Illustrated by Emily Gravett

Published by Bloomsbury, 2015
221 pages
ISBN: 978𢠪02738110

Ages 710

A level-headed, independent child with a streak of adventurousness, Amanda has found the perfect best friend in Rudger, a small boy who is up for anything. The fact that no one else can see Rudger doesn抰 bother Amanda a bit. Then a man named Mr. Bunting shows up at their door conducting a survey and oozing creepiness. It turns out Mr. Bunting hunts down imaginary friends and feeds on them in order to prolong his own life. When Rudger starts fading after Amanda is hit by a car running away from Mr. Bunting, he抯 rescued by a cat before Mr. Bunting can find him. The cat leads Rudger to the public library梩he haven for imaginary friends without humans. Rudger is supposed to choose a new child, but he抯 determined to make his way back to Amanda, who is lying unconscious in the hospital. The perfect blend of funny (often), tender, and scary (truly!), A. F. Harrold抯 fresh, original tale is a tribute to the bold spirit of possibility in childhood and features perfect, moody black-and-white illustrations by Emily Gravett.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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