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Author: Kelly Barnhill Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781455869671
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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 a long time....

When he arrives, three astonishing things happen: First, he makes friends—?not imaginary friends but actual friends. Second, he is beaten up by the town bully; the bullies at home always ignored him. Third, 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, well, invisible.

The Mostly True Story of Jack is a tale of magic, friendship, and sacrifice. It’s about things broken and things put back together. Above all, it’s about finding a place to belong.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/11/2014

    " This one was really good, involving a little bit of magic, but not so much to exactly call it fantasy....I really wished the story had ended later. I didn't like the ending very much, but overall it was great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 1/25/2014

    " Good read...if I was a 12-13 yr old....this would keep me interested... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 1/12/2014

    " I know people have been raving about this book. I liked it, but I didn't think it was great. The reaveal took too long for my tastes and at the end I wasn't satisfied. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina | 1/8/2014

    " I read this aloud to my 7 year old and 9 year old sons. The 7 year old lost interest by my 9 year old was so excited to get back to it. I felt like it was all over the place. The author was trying to build mystery but it felt forced. Eventually I didn't even care why the crazy things that were happening, happened. It was so complex but didn't really ever come together. And the fantastical aspects were not described well enough to draw a clear picture. In the end, a lot of the mysteries still didn't make sense or come together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/26/2013

    " This had the feel of the best of Neil Gaiman, which puts it in a pretty elite class of Newbery caliber books. One of the things I particularly liked was the fact that Jack had times when he WASN'T a character I empathized with. It emphasized his "other-ness". I also loved the imagery of the plants. One of my favorite parts was when the bully gets caught crying- I love it when the seemingly one-dimensional characters reveal a complexity. I don't want to give out any spoilers, so I will stop. I teach middle school and have recommended this to a number of kids. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 12/24/2013

    " I have heard some good things about this book, and our library got multiple copies. I never connected with Jack or any of the characters in the book. Good vs. evil...and we're all a combination of the two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 12/23/2013

    " FINALLY, its good "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/6/2013

    " I didn't really like this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vince | 12/2/2013

    " Intriguing set up. Not worth the effort. Disappointing (confusing) ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 8/17/2013

    " This book kept me guessing so it kept me reading. I think it is difficult to discuss without giving things away. Sometimes I wondered if it would be a bit frustrating for a young reader to be kept waiting so long for things to be explained, but that was certainly part of why it was compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serina | 7/29/2013

    " a little slow at times, but I think he had to do that to catch all the layers of this story. nice modern day fairy tale style. enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 7/4/2013

    " I had a hard time following Jack at the beginning, but the vines started coming together after a bit. :) This was one of those books where I think about the author and would love to sit and visit to find out how they think of these kinds of story lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathi | 3/2/2013

    " This was a Young Adult book that I picked up at the ALA conf in San Diego in Jan so it was a very easy read. Mildly entertaining story but I'm not really the target audience for it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/29/2013

    " omg! loved. this. book!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 7/22/2012

    " Loved it, finished it up in one night. I had picked it up to read with my daughter and ended up reading the entire book on my own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 6/26/2012

    " I can see why this got Newbery buzz. "

About the Author

Kelly Barnhill is the author of four novels, including The Girl Who Drank the Moon, winner of the 2017 John Newbery Medal for the year’s most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. She is also the winner of the World Fantasy Award, the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, and the Texas Library Association Bluebonnet Award and has been a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, the NCTE Charlotte Huck Award, the SFWA Andre Norton Award, and the PEN/USA literary prize.

About the Narrator

Luke Daniels, winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and a finalist for the Audie Award for best narration, is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction. His background is in classical theater and film, and he has performed at repertory theaters around the country.