The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster

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Book Information

Publication Date: 1961


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 1000L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level W


Interest Level: Grades 5 - 8


Major Awards: Top 100 Children’s Novels #21 from School Library Journal


Number of Pages: 274 pages


Approximate Word Count: 82,960 words -- The average reader will spend 5 hours and 31 minutes reading The Phantom Tollbooth at 250 words per minute.*


Audible Book Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins


Book Themes: Language, Time, Viewpoints, Freedom and Confinement, Cleverness, Bersions of Reality, Exploration


Genre: Children's literature, Fantasy, Quest, Allegory


Setting: Early 1960's - Fictional Place - The Land Beyond - the Doldrums, the city of Dictionopolis, the Forest of Sight, the Valley of Sound, the island of Conclusions, and the city of Digitopolis.


Important Quote: So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible.


First Line: There was once a boy named Milo who didn't know what to do with himself—not just sometimes, but always.


Point of View: Third Person (Omniscient)


*Estimate from Reading Length

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