First edition of The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill: Jack is sent to Hazelwood, IA during his parents' divorce and encounters new friends, new bullies, and new dangers.
Written by Kelly Barnhill. August 2011, first edition, first printing. Little, Brown and Co., an imprint of Hatchett Book Company, publishers.
Barnhill's talent as an especially good writer was evident in her first novel, The Mostly True Story of Jack. 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."
Read the review: goo.gl/oCHE9x
Kelly Barnhill was "gobsmacked" to receive the 2017 Newbery Award for The Girl Who Drank The Moon".
Publisher's Weekly: goo.gl/ewaA7x
Condition*: Fine/near fine. The dust jacket has a slight bump on the front corner.
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