Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill

Cover imagePoor Jack! All of his life he has felt invisible. He has no friends, and his mother and father have never really paid attention to him and only seem interested in his older brother Baxter. There aren't even any pictures of him in their home; just Baxter. When his parents decide to divorce, Jack is sent to live with his Aunt Mabel and Uncle Clive in Hazelwood, Iowa. Just Jack, not Baxter. Jack has never even heard of Aunt Mabel and Uncle Clive, much less a town called Hazelwood. But strangely, his aunt and uncle seem to know him. They even have pictures of him when he waws a little boy, taken in their living room. How could that be?

At first, Jack thinks it might not be too bad here in Hazelwood. His aunt and uncle seem nice, and he even begins to make a few friends. However, he senses that things just don't feel right... Odd things happen as the summer progresses, and these events all seem to revolve around a very special, very old book The Secret History of Hazelwood. Some of Jack's things disappear, and while trying to solve that mystery, Jack discovers that in Hazelwood, children disappear as well...

Creeped out yet? You will be, after reading The Mostly True Story of Jack.


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