Looking for the Title of a Young Adult Book With an Invisible City.
May 7, 2014 6:27 PM Subscribe
It's time once again for "I remember reading this book, sitting cross-legged in the hallway of my elementary school, and for the life of me I can't remember it and looking for the usual keywords is just failing me." You know the drill.
posted by jscott to Writing & Language (11 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
As I recall it, the book was about a young boy, probably in the tween age, who befriends an old (black?) man in his city, and they have to go do something important. (Rescue a family member? Find an item? Definitely a "quest" situation.)
The strongest memory I have is a sequence where they row or swim out into the lake near the city, and there's an invisible shield out there (the kid has been very skeptical up to that point) and the shield extends just below the water, and they have to swim under it and into this city that is out in the lake/ocean that is only there once in a long while, and which they have to retrieve the item/person out of.
I read this in 1981, so the book definitely proceeds that time. I recall a classic 1970s cover, so it was a relatively recent reprint when I read it. The writing style was definitely simpler than Madeline L'Engle, more in the Judy Blume or Donald J. Sobol level.
I would love to reacquaint myself with this book.