When I was a kid there was a commercial with the tagline “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!” Ironically it was for margarine, which is totally messing with nature. That’s a whole different topic. The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill has a different take on what happens when one tries to fool with Mother Nature.
Jack is delivered to the house of his aunt and uncle. They live in Hazelwood, Iowa. Jack’s life in San Francisco was lonely. He had no friends and his parents rarely paid any attention to him. He wasn’t in any family pictures. Jack was invisible. Once he moves in with his aunt and uncle everything starts to change. Jack is noticed, he learns how to have friends and the town bully sets his sights on him. He thinks things might start to become normal. WRONG!!!
While Jack is getting accustom to his new life magical and spiritual happenings are making his life anything but normal. Mother Nature was split in half. The Good and The Bad. Greed took the lives of many innocent children. As Jack’s friendships strength he learns that he must make a huge sacrifice for the ones he loves.
I am not doing justice to The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill. I don’t want to give too much away from this wonderful, creepy story. Just like in the story where children are sucked in, Ms. Barnhill’s storytelling sucked me in. I had trouble putting this delightful book down. The twists and turns made it exciting and emotional.
The press release and the info on the back of the book say’s that is for ages 8-12. NOPE. The content is too mature for 8 year olds. My best bet is 9 ½ to 12. There will be a fourth grade or fifth grade class that will be excited to get my copy.
Copy courtesy of the publisher. On sale August 2011.