Welcome to the first book of 2019. This book is one my sister and I both read as a child. We were talking about books a few months back and this one came up. I looked it up on Amazon and bought it for my Kindle. I don't remember how much I paid for it, but it was ridiculously low.
Alexander Key also wrote "Escape to Witch Mountain" which I'm sure some of you have read or at least heard of.
"The Forgotten Door" was published in 1965 and was a very popular book. At least among our friends. Everyone was reading it. The story is about Little Jon, a boy who is watching shooting stars with his family on top of a hill. He steps back and falls through a "door" to another planet (earth). He hits his head and when he wakes up he doesn't remember what happened. All he can remember is his name and that he fell through a door. He is in a forest and doesn't see any doors around there. He finds he is able to communicate telepathically with a doe and fawn and follows them to a farm where the farmer shoots at the doe and tries to capture the "wild boy" Jon. He escapes and makes his way to a road where he is picked up by a wonderful family. Thomas Bean is the father. His wife is Mary and they have two children: Brooks and Sally.
After a few days Jon is able to teach himself English by reading the minds of the family and begins talking to them. What he tells them only makes the mystery deepen. The first farmer who tried to capture Jon wants to take him away to be studied. The town becomes fearful of the "wild boy" and tries to put him in captivity. Even the military gets involved. Only the Bean family and a few of their friends see him as a child that needs help. But helping him puts the Beans and their friends in danger. Jon is definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time and it frightens the community. It has a very exciting ending.
The book is fairly short and a quick read. Once you start reading it, you get caught up in Little Jon's adventures and want to see what happens next. The book is a product of its time with references to the Cold War and attacks from Communist countries, but it is easy to overlook this because the story reads so well. If you get a chance to read this, it is definitely worth it even though it is a children's book. You won't be sorry.