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Room : a novel
2010
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Characters
Jack (Boy), Lives with his mother in a tiny sound proof cell in a converted shed in their kidnapper's yard; nicknamed the kidnapper "Old Nick"; hides in the closet when Old Nick comes to visit
Ma (Female), Mother, Kidnapped, Kidnapped seven years ago when she was a college student; lives with her five-year-old son in a tiny sound proof cell in a converted shed in her kidnapper's yard; resourceful; creates games and toys for her son; teaches him math and reading; trying to come up with an escape plan
Genre
Fiction
Psychological
Suspense
Topics
Kidnapping victims
Kidnapping
Sociopaths
Mothers and sons
Parent and child
Captives
Captivity
Escapism
Boys
Emotions
Childhood trauma
Imagination
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Room is home to young Jack, a prison to his mother, and power to Old Nick. Jack's world explodes when his mother sends him on a mission that will change the lives of all three. VERDICT This original and unforgettable novel, with contemporary and timeless themes, is even more affecting for being told from the point of view of a child. [LJ 8/10; LJ Best Book of 2010] (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Five-year-old Jack and his Ma live and eat and play and sleep in one room-an 11x11-foot space that is their prison-captives of the terrifying man Jack calls Old Nick. But as Jack grows older and more curious, it becomes clear that the room will not be able to hold him and Ma forever. Michal Friedman shines as Jack; her narration is haunting and compelling in its every inflection and tone. The voice she creates for Jack is so convincing, listeners may even mistake her for an actual child. Her powerful performance is complemented by Robert Petcoff's sinister Old Nick, and Ellen Archer's portrayal of resourceful Ma, whose gentle voice is infused with patience, terror, and hope. The chemistry between the players creates a gem of an audiobook that will haunt listeners long after the story's end. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, July 12). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
Held captive for years in a small shed, a woman and her precocious young son finally gain their freedom, and the boy experiences the outside world for the first time. <br> Inspiration for the MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring Academy Award winner Brie Larson<br> <br> To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.<br> <br> Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.<br> <br> Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating--a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.
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