Below you'll find some discussion questions, which we came up with as a jumping off point for the discussion. Feel free to answer some or all of the questions, or even veer off topic with thoughts of your own!
Many of the original fairy tales written down by the brothers Grimm are dark and very violent, which Connolly seemed to draw upon in his novel. However, we’ve grown up with much more sanitized versions of these tales. How did you react to the darker aspects of familiar fairy tales in The Book of Lost Things? Did these darker elements surprise you?
Which of your favorite childhood fairy tales did Connolly not
include in his book?
Who or what do you think is the real villain in the novel and why? Who is the hero?
What do you think is the significance of the title “The Book of Lost Things”? What has Jonathan “lost”? What has David?
In your opinion, what is the story’s central conflict?
How did you react to the ending? Did you find it sad/uplifting/hopeful?
If you could rewrite the ending, would you? What would be your ending?
Lastly, a fun question: if they were going to make a movie inspired by "The Book of Lost Things" who would you cast? [David, Leroi, Roland, Jonathan, etc.]