An Unusual Spooky Story - The Mostly True Story of Jack

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jack.jpgThe Mostly True Story of Jack (Little, Brown, 2011) by Kelly Barnhill is told in multiple viewpoints. It's good. It's scary. And it has a great opening: "Frankie was the first to know. Frankie was the first to know most things--but since he hadn't spoken since he was eight years old, it didn't matter what he knew. He couldn't tell anyone." How could you not read that book?!

But in case you aren't convinced, here's a bit more about the story. 12-year-old twins, Frankie and Wendy, know that whatever happened four years ago when Frankie disappeared and came back scarred is back. So does Wendy's best friend, Anders. Even Clayton Avery of the rich and powerful Avery family senses something--his ears are itchy and there are bell like sounds. Enter Jack. His parents are divorcing and Mom is bringing him to stay with an aunt and uncle in Iowa. Jack feels like he is growing more invisible than usual. And now his mother is abandoning him here with these strangers and in this strange house that seems to shift and waver. Then he overhears his aunt and uncle talking about the family unraveling, and a catastrophe instead of divorce. Mabel says, "I just pray that Jack won't hate us for what we'll need him to do." Too late, Jack thought.

jack2.JPGI read the book with the above cover, but am buying this cover version for a grandson. It's spookier!

Kelly recently posted about work on her most recent novel. "On cutting, and revising, and hanging on, and letting go" is a helpful read for any writer.

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Thanks so much for the thoughtful review!

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