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I read this fantasy book as a child from a library, and I have tried to find its name since then.

It's about a child that can not remember his father, and after some research he finds that his father crossed a gate. I am pretty sure that is the Gate Of Ishtar but I don't remember.

Then he arrives to a world where the Forgotten Things of our world go when they are forgotten.

The most characteristic details I can remember are:

  1. The kid became friends with a Glass Bird that in our world was from India.

  2. There was a desert with moving rocks that have the name of the people of the world, and if you find yours you could remember everything.

Some more "blurry" details that I can not assure totally because my memory may fail: The main enemy was Nebuchadnezzar, or another Sumerian/Babylonian king. The father of the kid was an archeologist. The cover is The Ishtar Gate.

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  • Hi, welcome to SF&F. About what year would you have read this? Do you remember the cover/art at all?
    – DavidW
    Nov 2 at 18:18
  • @DavidW Thanks for welcoming :) I think around year 1998-2000 and I think that maybe the cover was the Door of Ishtar, or something similar but could be just my imagination
    – user146074
    Nov 2 at 18:22
  • The Book of Lost Things feels adjacent, but not quite right.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Nov 2 at 19:19
  • @user146074 Is English your first language? In English a door is a moveable object that can close a doorway or be opened to let people enter. And I have never heard of anything called "the door of Ishtar" but I have read of "The Ishtar Gate". I think that you meant to write that the boy "passes through a gateway" instead of "crsssing a door". Nov 3 at 18:58
  • @M.A.Golding English is not my first language, thanks a lot for pointing about door/gate, I was indeed referring to Ishtar Gate. I have edited so now is clearer
    – user146074
    Nov 3 at 19:49

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