Mr. Was by Pete Hautman

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A teen goes back in time to prevent his mother’s murder in this riveting read—in trade paperback for the first time.

A secret passageway that leads back in time? Jack can’t believe what he’s discovered, but it’s true: The hidden metal door in his grandfather’s house leads him to 1941. Shaken by his experience, Jack vows not to use the door again. But when his alcoholic father gets drunk one too many times, Jack witnesses his mother’s horrific death and flees back through the door. He plans to stay alive until he can reach the present and prevent his mother’s death. However, with World War II on the horizon, Jack soon finds himself fighting not only for his mother’s life, but for his own.

About Pete Hautman

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Pete Hautman is the author of many books for young adults and adults, including the National Book Award winner Godless and The Big Crunch, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award. About The Cydonian Pyramid, he says, "I could never resist a tough, spunky, conflicted heroine. Following Lahlia through the diskos was an incredible journey. She still scares me a little." Pete Hautman splits his time between Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Published November 18, 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 260 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Following the murder of his mother at the hands of his alcoholic father, Jack flees permanently into the past, vowing to live through the years leading up to his mother's death and prevent it.

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In the present day, Jack's father is rampaging: he calls the boy's mother a ""hardheaded bitch,"" breaks her fingers and eventually kills her with a baseball bat.

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