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The Mostly True Story of Jack


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ISBN13: 9780316056724
ISBN10: 0316056723
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Enter a world where magic bubbles just below the surface. . . .

When Jack is sent to Hazelwood, Iowa, to live with his strange aunt and uncle, he expects a summer of boredom. Little does he know that the people of Hazelwood have been waiting for him for quite a long time.

When he arrives, three astonishing things happen: First, he makes friends — not imaginary friends but actual friends. Second, he is beaten up by the town bully; the bullies at home always ignored him. Third, the richest man in town begins to plot Jack's imminent, and hopefully painful, demise. It's up to Jack to figure out why suddenly everyone cares so much about him. Back home he was practically, well, invisible.

The Mostly True Story of Jack is an eerie tale of magic, friendship, and sacrifice. It's about things broken and things put back together. Above all, it's about finding a place to belong.

About the Author

Kelly Barnhill is a poet and writer. The Mostly True Story of Jack is her debut children's book. Kelly lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children.

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Beverly B, June 1, 2014 (view all comments by Beverly B)
The Mostly True Story of Jack is a creepy ghost story with a surprisingly complex plot. Jack always felt like a misfit in his own family. He felt invisible among his successful ambitious parents and older brother. When his mother sends him across the country to spend the summer out in the middle of no where with relatives he has never met, Jack feels even more alone and lonely. If that were not bad enough, the tiny town, and his relatives, seem to be uncomfortable with his arrival. He gets strange looks and befuddling comments. Even the house where he is staying seems to be upset. Written in the style and tone of a folk tale, The Mostly True Story of Jack will keep readers guessing about what is really going on. Why are his new friends nervous to be around him? Why is the powerful town tyrant out to get him? Why does the house shudder and moan when he walks to his room? Why don't his phone calls to his mother go through? Author, Kelly Barnhill, does a beautiful job of tying the many plot elements together in a beautiful climax and resolution. Like most good folk tales, the ending is just a tad ambiguous and eerie.
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Barnhill, Kelly
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Situations / Friendship
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
7.625 x 5.25 x 1 in 0.62 lb
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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