Far far away

by McNeal, Tom.

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Summary
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...
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* So it begins: What follows is the strange and fateful tale of a boy, a girl, and a ghost. Ghostly Jacob Grimm, of the famous Brothers, narrates this tale of Jeremy and Ginger and their near-tragic encounter with town baker Sten Blix, whose long-held grudges figure in the disappearance of several village children. Unappreciated as a youngster, Blix has elevated revenge to a sweet art, and he holds Jeremy, Ginger, and an additional victim, Frank Bailey, in a hidden dungeon under the bakery, while Jacob desperately tries to tell parents and friends of the predicament. If he fails, the three may become grist in the baker's next batch of Prince Cakes. Reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel and rife with allusions to the Brothers Grimm tales, this is a masterful story of outcasts, the power of faith, and the triumph of good over evil. McNeal's deft touch extends to the characterizations, where the ritual speech of traditional tales (Listen, if you will) establishes Jacob's phantasmagoric presence amid the modernist American West. There are moments of horror (as there were in the Brothers Grimm original tales), but they are accomplished through the power of suggestion. Details aplenty about Jacob and his famous sibling make this a fiction connector to both fairy tales and Grimm biographies, too.--Welch, Cindy Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The ghost of Jacob Grimm-one of the famous fairy-tale collecting brothers-communicates with a lonely boy who is a clairaudient (someone who hears spirits) in this rich and often bone-chilling story. Trapped in "the space between" Earth and the afterlife, Jacob constantly accompanies Jeremy, offering him comfort, affection, and cerebral commentary about Jeremy's life that only the boy can hear. Jacob believes that by protecting Jeremy he can finally move on after 200 years and reunite with his deceased brother. But when Jacob fails to see the source of the danger threatening Jeremy, he must harness all of his ethereal resources to save the boy he loves and ensure a chance at a happy ending. In addition to recounting pieces from the Grimms' stories, McNeal-in his first solo novel for teens-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. Ages 12-up. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863 Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Missing persons Fiction
Young adult fiction
Paranormal fiction Juvenile sound recording
Ghost stories Juvenile sound recording
Friendship Juvenile fiction
Missing persons Juvenile fiction
Supernatural Fiction
Ghosts Fiction
Folklore
Young Adult Fiction
Young adult fiction.
Audiobooks.
1785-1863
Publisher New York :Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group2013
2013
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Sheppard, W. Morgan.
OverDrive, Inc.
Participants/Performers Read by W. Morgan Sheppard.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: OverDrive WMA Audiobook
Requires OverDrive Media Console 1.0 / 1.0 (Windows Mobile)
Description 1 audio file : digital
ISBN 9780804121552
9780804121552
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