Book Spotlight: The Memory of Forgotten Things

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Posted: December 19, 2018

Category: Staff Picks

Book cover showing its title and a group of blue children over top of a solar eclipseSophia and DJ both go to Jessup Middle School. They both have single parent families, they’re in the same group for the class project, and they both have memories of lives they’ve never lived.

Sophia Wallace’s mom died when Sophia was six, but she has memories of her mother celebrating her tenth birthday, of them building a tiny nativity scene when she was seven, and going to the town festival together when she was nine.

DeAndre Jay “DJ”’ Johnson’s dad walked away when DJ was just a baby. DJ lives with his mom and his sister, but he has a sketchbook full of drawings of a stepdad who doesn’t exist, and he remembers a wedding that never took place.

At first, the memories came few and far between. But lately, they’ve been happening more and more frequently, and feeling much more real. Are these flashes of an alternate life? Why do the two of them experience it, but no one else?

Sophia and DJ soon realize they were both born on the same day, during a total solar eclipse. There’s another solar eclipse coming up in just one week, and Sophia becomes convinced it’s the key to making her flashes of memory a reality. Is there a world out there where Sophia’s mother is still alive, and where DJ’s stepdad exists?

How do they get there—and are they truly willing to leave their real lives behind?

The Memory of Forgotten Things by Kat Zhang is shelved in the juvenile fiction section of the Children’s Department.

If you like The Memory of Forgotten Things, you might also enjoy The Many Worlds of Albie Bright or The Disappearance of Emily H. In The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, Albie universe-hops in search of his mother with the aid of a laptop, a banana, and a box. In The Disappearance of Emily H., Raine uses her ability to catch glimpses of the past to try and solve the disappearance of a local schoolgirl. Both of these books are shelved upstairs in the juvenile fiction section.

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