The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill, 2011 first edition.


Written by Kelly Barnhill. First edition, August 2011. Little, Brown and Co., an imprint of Hatchett Book Company, publishers.

An LA Times review calls Jack "a delightfully unusual gem":

""The Mostly True Story of Jack" opens with Wendy and Frankie — 12-year-old twins whose lives were forever changed four years earlier when Frankie was "taken away" and "returned, marked and silent, two months later." Frankie no longer talks... Wendy is his protector.

'It's unlikely that Jack would ever have met the twins, but when his parents split up and send Jack from their San Francisco home to live with relatives in the Midwestern farm community of Hazelwood, he's immediately thrust into a mystery — not only of what happened to Frankie but of what's happening to the entire town.

'There's a dry wit and playfulness to Barnhill's writing that recalls Lemony Snicket and Blue Balliett. 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."

Kelly Barnhill is an award-winning author of fantasy novels for children and young adults. In addition to The Mostly True Story of Jack, she wrote The Girl Who Drank the Moon, The Witch's Boy, and Iron Hearted Violet. She has also published several short stories and essays. Her books have received critical acclaim and have been translated into many languages.
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Condition: Fine/near fine. The dust jacket has a slight bump on the front corner.

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