Monday, October 6, 2014
The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill
Jack is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Hazelwood, Iowa when his parents decide to divorce. Hazelwood is a new experience for Jack. It is the first time that he is ever noticed by anyone -- bullies, adults, and friends. It also seems to be a town with secrets that all center around Jack.
This is a difficult book to explain. However, I sometimes think those are the best kind of books. This was a truly unique fairy tale that I really enjoyed reading. While I guessed parts of the final outcome, I was still surprised by several elements. I do think that some might take issue with the fact that the ending is not a happy ending - a truly unusual thing in a children's book.