The Mostly True Story of Jack, written by Kelly Barnhill, will be released in early August 2011 by Little, Brown (I was thrilled to receive an advance reading copy). Ms. Barnhill has numerous non-fiction books published for kids, but this is her debut novel. The Mostly True Story of Jack weaves a tale riddled with mystery, friendship, magic, and home. An even blend of unique boy and girl characters mixed with eerie but delightful creepiness produces a book any reader will devour.
The premise: All his life Jack has been invisible, forgotten really, especially within his own family. When he is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Hazelwood, Iowa, Jack expects to remain forgotten but instead he's noticed - almost like everyone has been awaiting his arrival. Jack makes friends, the bully is after him and not someone else, and the town's most powerful man shadows him.
What keeps readers reading: Suspense interlaced with characters you care for (and some you don't). The Mostly True Story of Jack balances mystery reveal and character building in a tantalizing manner with Kelly Barnhill striking just the right mix of 'sticking up for your friends' and 'what will happen next?' Jack, the forgotten boy, finds mystery, friendship, and magic, but just where is home?
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