Synopses & Reviews
Oliver Parker, a twelve-year-old American boy living in Paris, is lonelier than he has ever been. Intimidated by his French school and its prickly teachers, and made melancholy by the long, gray winter, Oliver longs for some friends, and maybe even a little adventure.
One dark and freezing January night, his wishes are granted. After dinner, Oliver puts on the gold paper crown that came with his Epiphany cake. He looks at himself in the window and instead of his own reflection, he sees an amazing vision a boy hovering in front of him, dressed in an ancient French doublet. Clues left behind by this ghostly boy lead Oliver to the Palace of Versailles, where he is swept into the French court of the Window Wraiths, spirits who inhabit glass and water, and who have claimed Oliver as their ultimate ruler: The King in the Window.
Full of suspense and adventure, Adam Gopnik's novel is an unforgettable fantasy for readers of all ages.
"Even as readers ponder the value of looking out windows rather than at themselves in mirrors and computer screens, they'll discover an entertaining, intricately plotted adventure story whose pages just keep turning." Library Journal
"The book's strengths are its engaging characters and its lovingly and specifically evoked setting." School Library Journal
About the Author
Adam Gopnik has written for The New Yorker since 1986. His previous books include Paris to the Moon, a New York Times best seller, and Americans in Paris, a literary anthology. He lives in New York with his wife and their two children.