When the people Jack believes to be his parents send him to Iowa to live with his crazy aunt and uncle, he expects a summer of boredom. Little does he know that people in Hazelwood, Iowa are waiting for him. And they've been waiting for a long time...
When he arrives three astonishing things happen: First, he makes friends--not imaginary friends, but actual friends. Second, he is beaten up by the town bully; the bullies at home ignore him. Third, the richest man in town begins to plot Jack's imminent, and hopefully painful, demise. It's up to Jack to figure out why everyone suddenly cares so much about him. Back home he was practically, well, invisible.
The Mostly True Story of Jack is a tale of magic, friendship, and sacrifice. It's about things broken and things put back together. And it's about finding a place to belong.
builds steadily, with twists and surprises woven throughout, and friendship
emerges as a powerful theme....Barnhill explores the struggle between good and
evil and the power of love and sacrifice, creating a provocative and highly
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Kelly Barnhill is a poet and a writer. The Mostly True Story of Jack, her debut novel, received four starred reviews. Kelly lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children.