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Otherwood /

by Hautman, Pete [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, [2018]Edition: First edition.Description: 303 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780763690717; 0763690716.Other title: Other wood.Subject(s): Family secrets -- Juvenile fiction | Grief -- Juvenile fiction | Grandparent and child -- Juvenile fiction | Ghost stories | Reality -- Juvenile fiction | Family secrets -- Ficiton | Grief -- Fiction | Grandparent and child -- Fiction | Ghost stories | Fiction | Juvenile works | NovelsSummary: "'Hatred combined with lies and secrets can break the world." Grandpa Zach used to say that before he died, but Stuey never really knew what he meant. It was kind of like how he used to talk about quantum physics, or how he used to say ghosts haunted the overgrown golf course. But then one day, when Stuey and his best friend, Elly Rose, are playing in the deadfall in the middle of the woods, something totally unbelievable happens. As Stuey and Elly Rose struggle to come to grips with their lives after that moment, all the things Grandpa Zach used to say started to make sense. This is a book about memory and loss and the destructive nature of secrets, but also about the way friendship, truth, and perseverance have the ability to knit a torn-apart world back together.-- Publisher's description.
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A 2019 Edgar Award Winner!<br> <br> What happened in the woods that day? Pete Hautman's riveting middle-grade novel touches on secrets and mysteries -- and the power of connections with family and friends. <br> <br> "Hatred combined with lies and secrets can break the world." Grandpa Zach used to say that before he died, but Stuey never really knew what he meant. It was kind of like how he used to talk about quantum physics or how he used to say ghosts haunted their overgrown golf course. But then one day, after Stuey and his best friend, Elly Rose, spend countless afternoons in the deadfall in the middle of the woods, something totally unbelievable happens. As Stuey and Elly Rose struggle to come to grips with their lives after that reality-splitting moment, all the things Grandpa Zach used to say start to make a lot more sense. This is a book about memory and loss and the destructive nature of secrets, but also about the way friendship, truth, and perseverance have the ability to knit a torn-apart world back together.

A Junior Library Guild selection.

"'Hatred combined with lies and secrets can break the world." Grandpa Zach used to say that before he died, but Stuey never really knew what he meant. It was kind of like how he used to talk about quantum physics, or how he used to say ghosts haunted the overgrown golf course. But then one day, when Stuey and his best friend, Elly Rose, are playing in the deadfall in the middle of the woods, something totally unbelievable happens. As Stuey and Elly Rose struggle to come to grips with their lives after that moment, all the things Grandpa Zach used to say started to make sense. This is a book about memory and loss and the destructive nature of secrets, but also about the way friendship, truth, and perseverance have the ability to knit a torn-apart world back together.-- Publisher's description.

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Horn Book Review

On the eve of their ninth birthdays, Stuey and Elly meet and become instant soul mates who cant have any secrets from each other. And so the stage is set: soon, because of a generations-old secret that involves their great-grandfathers (one a bootlegger, the other a crusading district attorney) and Stueys recently deceased Grandpa Zach, their lives split into alternate realities. In Stueys world, Elly disappears one day into thin air; in Ellys, its Stuey who goes missing. From here Hautman unfolds a dark tale in which families fall apart, woodlands are destroyed, and suspicion falls on innocent parties. But its also a tender story of Stuey and Ellys continuing connection: as the years pass, their separate worlds occasionally overlap, but only at the exact spot where they disappeared. They wish desperately for the world to be stuck back together again, but nothing happens until their thirteenth birthdays, when Stuey finally uncovers the devastating family secret and manages to share it with Ellyand their worlds merge once again. This is pretty sophisticated stuff for the books intended audience, even though Hautman lays the groundwork for the concept of alternate realities via the quantum physicsobsessed Grandpa Zach, who frequently lectures Stuey about atoms and time and space and how two opposite things could be true at the same time. And it stretches credulity that it takes Stuey years to look in Grandpa Zachs room for the notebook that Tells All. Ultimately, however, this is an intricately woven and affecting novel about the power of true friendship, the corrosiveness of secrets and guilt, and the mysterious possibilities of the world. martha v. Parravano (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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