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The Mostly True Story of Jack Hardcover – August 2, 2011 by Kelly Barnhill (Author)

I read The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill last week and enjoyed it so much I immediately picked up The Mostly True Story of Jack. Sadly I was disappointed in this story. While I still like the author’s writing style, I felt like this story was just really confusing and if I was confused as an adult reading it I can’t see many middle graders getting it either. I still am not sure exactly what was going on. .why was The Lady split in two and how did that happened exactly? Why would they swap children and steal souls? I was just confused and even after going back to reread passages I still couldn’t figure it out. It seems like a great idea that just wasn’t pulled together very well. Check it out! Review Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2011 : Jack had always been invisible. Not literally, though it often felt that way even around his family. When Jack arrives in Hazelwood, Iowa, to spend the summer with his unusual relatives he suddenly finds himself getting noticed…a lot. In fact, people seem to know all about him, especially Mr. Avery, the wealthiest man in town who inexplicably hates Jack on sight. In The Mostly True Story of Jack a keenly perceptive boy, a fearsome girl, and her damaged twin brother, help Jack discover who he is–unearthing deeply rooted secrets in the process. Twists and turns abound as more is revealed in this strange town where nature, magic, love, and sacrifice, are deeply entwined with the extraordinary power of belonging. –Seira Wilson

The Mostly True Story of Jack Hardcover – August 2, 2011 by Kelly Barnhill (Author) Review

This book is nothing serious and an easy read. I had something stressful going on and I needed a book I could put down and pick up easily. I enjoyed the simplicity of this book for the time I needed a distraction. -Read Reviews-

The Mostly True Story of Jack is about a boy whom no one really notices, not even his parents. They barely remember his name. When his parents divorce, they send him to live with his strange aunt and uncle in a tiny little farm town. In a strange house with even odder people. Here he finally makes a friend while dealing with the evil lurking beneath the town – and learns his place in it all. Nicely written story, Jack’s pain is so real and heart wrenching. The townspeople are well developed and the real story is unique.

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