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When 8-year-old Noah confronts an overwhelming problem, he runs away from home to a nearby forest and discovers a magical toy shop and an extraordinary toy maker. Noah refuses to tell the toy maker why he has run away, so the old man shares stories of his past, especially how a broken promise detrimentally affected his life. This sensitive juvenile novel, a fairy tale with a satisfying surprise ending, deals effectively with the difficult issues of broken promises, grief, and dying. Ages 9-12 (Doubleday Canada)

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