The Ocean and the Hourglass by Dan O’Brien was very reminiscent of “The Neverending Story” to me. Nicholas, the main character, is an outcast in his world. Bullied at school and barely acknowledged at home by his mother (and only parent), he escapes into his own world, from the story in his heart. It is adventurous and colorful, with the settings all very well detailed.
Although Nicholas doesn't believe he is the Prodigy that everyone else feels he is, he learns that standing up for what he really believes in makes him stronger in the end. He gains respect, both from within and from others.
Along with this book being very entertaining, I felt it also was philosophical. Nicholas matured greatly in his day away in his storybook adventure.
Teens and middle grade readers will be captured by this story. Those of us who are a little older, who love fantasy, will enjoy it, too!
Kim Ann McCann, Reviewer
Mind Fog Reviews