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Lost — and Found — in a World of Color and Sound

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The Lost Property Office (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, November 8, 2016) opens a new series of adventures filled with secret societies and stern-faced old spinsters, trackers and dragons —elements of plot and milieu that were loads of fun to create. But it is the character of Jack that is most important to me. I want Jack’s unique way of seeing the world to open a conversation. Jack Buckles is a new take on the hyper-observant detective. He has synesthesia, although he doesn’t realize it, much like I didn’t, and much like thousands of kids today, because no one knows to tell them. Synesthesia is a lack of walls between senses, sometimes poorly described as a lack of neural development.…

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