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Lost in an unfamiliar world, a traveler searches for understanding

At night, Little Jon’s people go out to watch the stars. Mesmerized by a meteor shower, he forgets to watch his step and falls through a moss-covered door to another land: America. He awakes hurt, his memory gone, sure only that he does not belong here. Captured by a hunter, Jon escapes by leaping six feet over a barbed-wire fence. Hungry and alone, he staggers through the darkness and is about to be caught when he is rescued by a kind family known as the Beans. They shelter him, feed him, and teach him about his new home. In return, he will change their lives forever.
 
Although the Beans are kind to Little Jon, the townspeople mistrust the mysterious visitor. But Jon has untold powers, and as he learns to harness them, he will show his newfound friends that they have no reason to be afraid. 
Published: Open Road Media an imprint of Open Road Integrated Media on
ISBN: 9781497652637
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Little Jon has fallen through a door in space to land in the southern Appalachian mountains, injured and without his memory. He meets a number of people who are very interested in his unusual skills--incredible agility, swift healing, and a shocking ability to read minds. Most of these people want to use him for their own purposes, but the Bean family only wants to protect him. However, keeping Jon out of harm's way may prove very dangerous for everyone involved.Another Nostalgia Read that I picked up to see if it was as good as I remember it--and it really is. There are a few problematic elements, like negative references to Cherokees and half-breeds by an antagonist. These mostly stem from the fact that the novel was originally published in 1965. (Notably, the judge who plays a pivotal role in the story is a woman.) The Bean family is almost TOO good, but their behavior reflects the way that we hope we would act, if presented with a lost and frightened alien boy. The ending was the part that I remembered most clearly, and while it's almost too "neat," it remains very satisfying.Recommended for science fiction fans and people who won't judge a book by its cover--because honestly, the "updated" cover art is much more dated than the actual text. (At least the original artwork here could pass for retro...)more
This is a nice Fantasy book. Little Jon is from another world and has fallen into this world of meanness. He can read minds of people and animals.more
Little Jon has fallen through a forgotten door and lands on earth. He is injured, frightened and alone until a kind family finds him and befriends him. As the family learns more about this strange boy with amazing abilities, so do some of the local neighbors, and things take an ugly turn as sensational stories start popping up in the local papers. It's just a matter of time before the government comes in to take over the situation. Will Jon make it home before he's forced into government service?I absolutely loved this story as a kid. I read the book maybe half a dozen times and re-reading it now to write this review, just validated my impressions of it from childhood. It's intelligent and very suspenseful, and most of all leaves you with a feeling of wonder about the possibility of other worlds just waiting behind a forgotten door.more
A wonderful story of a lost boy. Jon finds himself bruised and bloody in unfamiliar mountains. After a frightening encounter with some humans, he finds some deer who lead him to safety and he is found by a kind family. Jon's loss of memory complicates the situation, and he possesses abilities that scare the more reactionary members of the mountain community. Jon finds himself charged with burglary, threatened with reform school, and menaced by a secret government organization that wants to use him and his special abilities.As bits of his memory return, he and his foster family piece together who and what he must be, and how to return him to where he belongs. This is complicated by the community's extreme reactions to his presence in their midst.An excellent story that appeals to adults as well as middle-schoolers. A great introduction to science fiction for those who object to stories with too much technology or bug-eyed monsters (BEMs).more
This book may be one of the very first I read by myself and loved. Sometimes it is possible to feel very alone as a kid, and in this book, there is a main character who feels very alone. Jon is special; he is from a different world, but he has fallen through into ours, and having hit his head, he does not remember who he is or where he is from. The first people he meets are not the kind who make him feel at home, and he is lucky to meet some others who are kind and understanding. But the real question is: will he be able to find his way home? This gets more and more urgent as the chapters go by. The book is exciting and fun. It is also, in some hard-to-define way, a little bit sad. Even though it ends well, it makes you wish the world was different, and wonder why so many people can be unkind. But it also leaves you grateful for the possibility of being kind, friendly, and full of awe. After I read this book I used to look up at the stars in the night sky and wonder a lot. I bet you will too.more
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Little Jon has fallen through a door in space to land in the southern Appalachian mountains, injured and without his memory. He meets a number of people who are very interested in his unusual skills--incredible agility, swift healing, and a shocking ability to read minds. Most of these people want to use him for their own purposes, but the Bean family only wants to protect him. However, keeping Jon out of harm's way may prove very dangerous for everyone involved.Another Nostalgia Read that I picked up to see if it was as good as I remember it--and it really is. There are a few problematic elements, like negative references to Cherokees and half-breeds by an antagonist. These mostly stem from the fact that the novel was originally published in 1965. (Notably, the judge who plays a pivotal role in the story is a woman.) The Bean family is almost TOO good, but their behavior reflects the way that we hope we would act, if presented with a lost and frightened alien boy. The ending was the part that I remembered most clearly, and while it's almost too "neat," it remains very satisfying.Recommended for science fiction fans and people who won't judge a book by its cover--because honestly, the "updated" cover art is much more dated than the actual text. (At least the original artwork here could pass for retro...)more
This is a nice Fantasy book. Little Jon is from another world and has fallen into this world of meanness. He can read minds of people and animals.more
Little Jon has fallen through a forgotten door and lands on earth. He is injured, frightened and alone until a kind family finds him and befriends him. As the family learns more about this strange boy with amazing abilities, so do some of the local neighbors, and things take an ugly turn as sensational stories start popping up in the local papers. It's just a matter of time before the government comes in to take over the situation. Will Jon make it home before he's forced into government service?I absolutely loved this story as a kid. I read the book maybe half a dozen times and re-reading it now to write this review, just validated my impressions of it from childhood. It's intelligent and very suspenseful, and most of all leaves you with a feeling of wonder about the possibility of other worlds just waiting behind a forgotten door.more
A wonderful story of a lost boy. Jon finds himself bruised and bloody in unfamiliar mountains. After a frightening encounter with some humans, he finds some deer who lead him to safety and he is found by a kind family. Jon's loss of memory complicates the situation, and he possesses abilities that scare the more reactionary members of the mountain community. Jon finds himself charged with burglary, threatened with reform school, and menaced by a secret government organization that wants to use him and his special abilities.As bits of his memory return, he and his foster family piece together who and what he must be, and how to return him to where he belongs. This is complicated by the community's extreme reactions to his presence in their midst.An excellent story that appeals to adults as well as middle-schoolers. A great introduction to science fiction for those who object to stories with too much technology or bug-eyed monsters (BEMs).more
This book may be one of the very first I read by myself and loved. Sometimes it is possible to feel very alone as a kid, and in this book, there is a main character who feels very alone. Jon is special; he is from a different world, but he has fallen through into ours, and having hit his head, he does not remember who he is or where he is from. The first people he meets are not the kind who make him feel at home, and he is lucky to meet some others who are kind and understanding. But the real question is: will he be able to find his way home? This gets more and more urgent as the chapters go by. The book is exciting and fun. It is also, in some hard-to-define way, a little bit sad. Even though it ends well, it makes you wish the world was different, and wonder why so many people can be unkind. But it also leaves you grateful for the possibility of being kind, friendly, and full of awe. After I read this book I used to look up at the stars in the night sky and wonder a lot. I bet you will too.more
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