Newbery Medal-winner Kelly Barnhill's debut novel is an eerie tale of magic, friendship, and sacrifice.
Enter a world where magic bubbles just below the surface. . . .
When Jack is sent to Hazelwood, Iowa, to live with his strange aunt and uncle, he expects a summer of boredom. Little does he know that the people of Hazelwood have been waiting for him for quite a long time. When he arrives, he begins to make actual friends for the first time in his life-but the town bully beats him up and the richest man in town begins to plot Jack's imminent, and hopefully painful, demise. It's up to Jack to figure out why suddenly everyone cares so much about him. Back home he was practically... invisible.
The Mostly True Story of Jack is a stunning debut novel about things broken, things put back together, and finding a place to belong.
"There's a dry wit and playfulness to Barnhill's writing that recalls
Lemony Snicket and Blue Balliett...a delightfully unusual gem."
--Los Angeles Times
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.