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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

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Hailed as “a classic. . . . humorous, full of warmth and real invention” (The New Yorker), this beloved story -first published more than fifty years ago- introduces readers to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond.

For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams. . . .
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The Phantom Tollbooth

A young boy named Milo is going about his business, more bored than you could imagine. He doesn't like school and has nothing to do. Or at least that's what it feels like. But in an exciting turn of events, he comes home one day to find a magic tollbooth in his room. He gets in his toy car, goes through the tollbooth, and finds himself in a magical place called the Lands Beyond.

Milo, a very bored little boy, receives an unusual package one day: a make- believe tollbooth. When he drives through it in his electric toy car, he is suddenly transported to the Lands Beyond, a fantastic world of imagination. On his way to Dictionopolis, one of the country's two capitals, he meets Tock, the watchdog who joins him on his journey. In Dictionopolis, Milo meets King Azaz who presides over the world of letters and words. Azaz sends Milo on a mission to rescue two princesses, Rhyme and Reason, who are imprisoned in the Castle in the Air, which floats hundreds of feet off the ground. Milo and Tock leave Dictionopolis with a new companion, the Humbug, whom Azaz has sent along as a guide.

The world is a scary place, but few of its perils are as insidious as boredom. Learning how to manage monotony is a valuable, extended lesson. No matter what your age, life groans with tedium, habit and lethargy, and it's impossible to calculate how much time will be spent sliding into a mildly indifferent gloom. We're talking years, trust me. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster is a masterpiece answer to ennui. Its hero, Milo, is perpetually dejected, burdened with motiveless discontent.

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