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It says quite a lot about Jeremy Johnson Johnson that the strangest thing about him isn’t even the fact his mother and father both had the same last name. Jeremy once admitted he’s able to hear voices, and the townspeople of Never Better have treated him like an outsider since. After his mother left, his father became a recluse, and it’s been up to Jeremy to support the family. But it hasn’t been up to Jeremy alone. The truth is, Jeremy can hear voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous writing duo, the Brothers Grimm. Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next. But when the provocative local girl Ginger Boultinghouse takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a grim chain of events is put into motion. And as anyone familiar with the Grimm Brothers know, not all fairy tales have happy endings …

Young adult veteran Tom McNeal has crafted a novel at once warmhearted, compulsively readable, and altogether thrilling—and fans will not be disappointed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stunning. [A] beguiling, horrifying, and gracefully written novel.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, July 8, 2013:
    "McNeal weaves in fantastical fairy-tale details into this inventive and deeply poignant narrative, creating a world that hovers between realism and enchantment."
  • Starred Review, The Horn Book, July/August 2013:
  • McNeal superbly and elegantly enfolds those stories’ essence and depth into plot, setting, and characters; archetypal figures and situations glimmer through McNeal’s small-town American cast like tantalizing clues in a novel that becomes ever darker even as it sparkles with the dignified, affectionate voice of its ghostly narrator. Starred Review, The Bulletin, June 2013:
  • Enchanting, romantic, and tinged with terror, this modern story subtly weaves the haunting essentials of the fairy-tale tradition into a fascinating and beautifully written homage to its source material."
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal, June 2013:
    "Whether readers connect more deeply with the suspense, the magical elements, or the gloriously improbable love story, they will come away with a lingering taste of enchantment."
  • Starred Review, Booklist, June 1, 2013:
  • Reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel, and rife with allusions to Grimm Brothers’ tales, this is a masterful story of outcasts, the power of faith, and the triumph of good over evil."
  • Review, Wall Street Journal:
    "Stunning. [A] beguiling, horrifying and gracefully written novel."
  • Review, The Atlantic Wire:
    “McNeal weaves his modern tale in the fairy-tale tradition, and it will haunt and delight.”
  • Review, BookPage:
    “Far Far Away is an incredibly imaginative modern fairy tale told through the first-person narration of the ghost of Jacob Grimm . . . Suspenseful with a sinister villain, Far Far Away is equally heartwarming as it is scary.”
  • Review, Shelf-Awareness:
  • McNeal structures the novel like a fairy tale, and the overwhelming sense of danger surrounding the village like a deep forest will keep readers glued to the edges of their seats.”
  • “McNeal weaves his modern tale in the fairy-tale tradition, and it will haunt and delight.” 

    Atlantic Wire

  • “Enchanting, romantic, and tinged with terror, this modern story subtly weaves the haunting essentials of the fairy-tale tradition into a fascinating and beautifully written homage to its source material.”

    Bulletin (starred review)

  • “McNeal weaves in fantastical fairy-tale details into this inventive and deeply poignant narrative, creating a world that hovers between realism and enchantment. Jacob’s tale is menacing, at times terrifying, and often strange—much like the stories collected by the Brothers Grimm.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel, and rife with allusions to Grimm Brothers’ tales, this is a masterful story of outcasts, the power of faith, and the triumph of good over evil.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Whether readers connect more deeply with the suspense, the magical elements, or the gloriously improbable love story, they will come away with a lingering taste of enchantment.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A unique—and mesmerizing—blending of Grimm archetypes and tropes with a story of modern-day evil and coming-of-age.”

    Horn Book Magazine 

  • Far Far Away is an incredibly imaginative modern fairy tale told through the first-person narration of the ghost of Jacob Grimm…Suspenseful with a sinister villain, Far Far Away is as equally heartwarming as it is scary.”

    BookPage

  • “[Readers] will find it hard to put this novel down until they have read the last page.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “From the first word, this rich recording envelops the listener. Both the production quality and the performance are superb. W. Morgan Sheppard’s narration is a vehicle of otherworldly transport that truly takes the listener far far away. Sheppard’s voice embodies the haunting aspects of this dark tale. Jacob Grimm, of the Brothers Grimm, is a ghost seeking redemption. Through guiding and protecting Jeremy, a boy whose odd talent is hearing the dead, he hopes to find his way beyond the in-between. First, he must prevent the dark whispered threat that shrouds Jeremy’s life from coming to fruition. Sheppard’s tone conveys Jaco’'s tenderness toward his charge—whether he’s consoling, chiding, or urging Jeremy not to let the spirited Ginger lure him into certain trouble. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of 2013
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Best Teen Book Narration
  • Winner of the 2013 Parents' Choice Gold Award for Fiction
  • Finalist for the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Novel
  • A 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature
  • Winner of the 2014 California Gold Medal for Literature
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