Kids and Teens: The Phantom Tollbooth

Author: Norton Juster

Review By: Dilan Mehta

Even though this book was originally published in 1961, it was still one of my favorite books. I originally had to read it for a school assignment and when I read the first sentence, I knew I was hooked.

The story is about a bored young boy named Milo, who doesn't think anything is worth doing. When he is in school he longs to be out and when he is out of school he longs to be in. One afternoon, though, he receives a mysterious tollbooth. Having nothing better to do, he drives through in his toy car and embarks on a great adventure with his two faithful companions to rescue the Kingdom of Wisdom by finding the two exiled princesses, Rhyme and Reason. In the process, he makes new friends, visits astonishing places, defeats dreaded monsters and learns valuable life lessons along the way.


Humorous, well written and inspiring, this week's read is a winner!