Sam is almost 11 when he discovers a locked box in the attic above his grandfather Mack’s room, and a piece of paper that says he was kidnapped. There are lots of other words, but Sam has always had trouble reading. He’s desperate to find out who he is, and if his beloved Mack is really his... read more
It was Sam’s 11th birthday, so he decided to sneak up into the attic to look for presents. While he was in the attic, he found a newspaper that said “Missing” and it had his picture on it. He was very suspicious about the paper. He meets a girl at school named Caroline and has to work on a... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
It was Sam’s 11th birthday, so he decided to sneak up into the attic to look for presents. While he was in the attic, he found a newspaper that said “Missing” and it had his picture on it. He was very suspicious about the paper. He meets a girl at school named Caroline and has to work on a project with her. Sam hadn’t told anybody that he couldn’t read, but when he told Caroline, who was a very skilled reader, she came to his house and read the paper to him. That night, Sam had a dream of a castle. Mack, his grandfather, was a woodcarver who taught Sam how to carve wood. Sam decided to carve a piece of wood into the shape of the castle he saw in his dream for the project he and Caroline were working on. When the castle was complete, Mack found that the newspaper was scattered all over the attic. Mack came downstairs to talk to Sam about what the paper meant. Sam’s mother became very ill after she had given birth to Sam. So, she gave the legal rights of Sam to Mac before she died. But, an orphanage took Sam in first, so Mack went to show the owners of the orphanage the papers for Sam, but they refused to give him up until the next morning. Mac decided to take charge and take Sam. He took Sam and retreated by boat to his house. After Mac told Sam the story of how he was taken from the orphanage and given to Mac, he understood his dream better: the castle looked like a castle he had seen with his grandfather. Sam put a picture of Caroline in a window of his wooden castle. Caroline moved to a new city with her family, so Sam gave the castle to Caroline for something to remember him by.
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