The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill

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

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Kelly Barnhill is a poet and writer. The Mostly True Story of Jack, her debut novel, received four starred reviews. Kelly lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children.
 
Published August 2, 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 345 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A truly splendid amalgamation of mystery, magic and creeping horror will spellbind the middle-grade set.

Jul 19 2011 | Read Full Review of The Mostly True Story of Jack

Publishers Weekly

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In her first novel, children's nonfiction author Barnhill quickly establishes a sense of foreboding in the town of Hazelwood, Iowa, as Jack—ignored by and invisible to his parents, who are divorcing—moves in with his eccentric aunt and uncle, whose house appears to be possessed.

Jun 27 2011 | Read Full Review of The Mostly True Story of Jack

Los Angeles Times

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Like Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" and Balliett's "Chasing Vermeer," Barnhill leverages humor to ratchet up the mystery and temper some of the scarier aspects of the story line as Jack literally unearths the truth about Hazelwood and his relatives.

Aug 07 2011 | Read Full Review of The Mostly True Story of Jack

City Book Review

Jack was almost invisible.

Oct 19 2011 | Read Full Review of The Mostly True Story of Jack

Common Sense Media

As Jack unravels the mysterious history of the town and slowly begins to believe in the magic that his friends claim is at the root of it, the danger mounts.

Aug 02 2011 | Read Full Review of The Mostly True Story of Jack

Twin Cities Daily Planet

(Full disclosure: Kelly Barnhill is the sister of TCDP writer Sheila Regan—a fact I discovered only when I read the thank you note that appears after the final page of the novel.) I love reading.

Mar 20 2012 | Read Full Review of The Mostly True Story of Jack

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