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It says quite a lot about Jeremy Johnson Johnson that the strangest thing about him isn't even the fact his mother and father both had the same last name. Jeremy once admitted he's able to hear voices, and the townspeople of Never Better have treated him like an outsider since. After his mother left, his father became a recluse, and it's been up to Jeremy to support the family. But it hasn't been up to Jeremy alone. The truth is, Jeremy can hear voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous writing duo, The Brothers Grimm. Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next. But when the provocative local girl Ginger Boultinghouse takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a grim chain of events is put into motion. And as anyone familiar with the Grimm Brothers know, not all fairy tales have happy endings...

Young adult veteran Tom McNeal (one half of the writing duo known as Laura & Tom McNeal) has crafted a novel at once warmhearted, compulsively readable, and altogether thrilling — and McNeal fans of their tautly told stories will not be disappointed.

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"Reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel, and rife with allusions to Grimm Brothers’ tales, this is a masterful story of outcasts, the power of faith, and the triumph of good over evil." Booklist, Starred Review

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"Whether readers connect more deeply with the suspense, the magical elements, or the gloriously improbable love story, they will come away with a lingering taste of enchantment." School Library Journal, Starred Review

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"Enchanting, romantic, and tinged with terror, this modern story subtly weaves the haunting essentials of the fairy-tale tradition into a fascinating and beautifully written homage to its source material." The Bulletin, Starred Review

About the Author

Tom McNeal holds an MA in creative writing from UC Irvine and was a Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. He is the author, with his wife, Laura, of four young adult novels published by Knopf: Crooked, Crushed, The Decoding of Lana Morris, and Zipped. His adult titles include Goodbye, Nebraska and To Be Sung Underwater. He lives with his wife and two sons in Southern California. Visit their website at McNealBooks.com.

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Elizabeth Cummings, February 21, 2014 (view all comments by Elizabeth Cummings)
Far, far away are words that have been in many fairy tales, presumably since they first made an appearance. In this book, those fairy tales come to life in unexpected ways. Ghosts, villains, history and missing children are all here.

In Never Better, Jeremy Johnson Johnson cohabitates with his father (who never gets out of bed), in a bookstore with copies of only two books. Jeremy is the town outcast and a target for bullies, as he is known to "hear things". One day, he eats a piece of very special cake, made by a very special baker, and his life begins to change. But what Jeremy needs to find out is, does "happily ever after" truly exist outside of fairy tales?

I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would. The use of fairy tale elements in modern stories is not uncommon, but this was more inventive than I initially gave it credit for. The characters are not quite what you expect, and the story tends to be more true to the spirit of fairy tales than others may be. My 12-year-old son read it and quite enjoyed it. It's a great story, and one we will be happy to talk about "once upon a time".
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375849725
Author:
McNeal, Tom
Publisher:
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Children s-General
Publication Date:
20130611
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.49 x 5.91 x 1.23 in 1.07 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Review" by , "Reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel, and rife with allusions to Grimm Brothers’ tales, this is a masterful story of outcasts, the power of faith, and the triumph of good over evil."
"Review" by , "Whether readers connect more deeply with the suspense, the magical elements, or the gloriously improbable love story, they will come away with a lingering taste of enchantment."
"Review" by , "Enchanting, romantic, and tinged with terror, this modern story subtly weaves the haunting essentials of the fairy-tale tradition into a fascinating and beautifully written homage to its source material."
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