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.
Magical realism, horror, and eerie mystery darkly cloak this sharp, well-written middle grade novel. After a lifetime spent being utterly overlooked, Jack finds himself bizarrely at the center of attention when he moves in with his exotic aunt and uncle in Hazelwood, Iowa. Suddenly, everyone seems to be aware of him--a girl named Wendy wants to be friends, the school bullies beat him up, and in one case, there's a disturbing plot to kill him. Even his family's unique purple house seems to be onto Jack. Forced to dig into the town's past and find out why children went missing, Jack finds himself unraveling in a deep, disturbing history that he is at the center of.
- Juvenile Fiction
- General, Fairy Tales + Folklore / Adaptations, Social Issues / New Experience, Social Issues / Friendship, Family / General
- August 2, 2011
- August 2, 2011
- Kelly Barnhill