The Mostly True Story of Jack

The Mostly True Story of Jack

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Newbery Medal-winner Kelly Barnhill's debut novel is an eerie tale of magic, friendship, and sacrifice. 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, he begins to make actual friends for the first time in his life-but the town bully beats him up and 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... invisible. The Mostly True Story of Jack is a stunning debut novel about things broken, things put back together, and finding a place to belong. "There's a dry wit and playfulness to Barnhill's writing that recalls Lemony Snicket and Blue Balliett...a delightfully unusual gem." --Los Angeles Timesshow more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 319 pages
  • 132.08 x 193.04 x 30.48mm | 317.51g
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0316056723
  • 9780316056724
  • 237,517

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* "Truly splendid...the ultimate page-turner."-- "Kirkus Reviews", ""starred reviewshow more

About Kelly Barnhill

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.show more

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1,876 ratings
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5 19% (360)
4 30% (564)
3 34% (644)
2 13% (236)
1 4% (72)
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