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."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....
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Interesting middle-grade/middle school fantasy book about a boy named Stuey whose best friend, Elly, disappears in front of his eyes one day in their secret hideout in the woods--and then she reappears to him at random times over the next 4 years, stuck in a parallel universe until they can figure out how to re-merge their worlds! Of course, their parents and everyone else think that she was kidnapped and never found; but as you get her point of view too, you realize that in *her" universe, Stue ...more
This is a great young adult novel about alternate realities. The book centers around two young kids (a boy and a girl) who became friends (Stuey and Ella Rose) Ella Rose is Jewish and Stuey is not and there is a troubled family history as two of their grandfathers came up missing in the past. (at the same time), The friends come up missing in current times but the twist is that dual stories emerge from here. In one Stuey is missing and in one Ella Rose is missing. It is very creative how the au ...more
When Stuey was eight years old, a terrible storm came through his town. While Stuey and his mom went and hid in the cellar, Stuey's grandfather decided to wait it out in his cottage guarding a book he had been writing. After the storm subsided, Stuey found the pages of his grandfather's book strewed around the room and that his beloved grandfather had passed away. Since then, Stuey likes to explore the families orchard, wander through the meadow and spend time in his favorite spot within the pop ...more
It's funny how I didn't understand what was going on and still love this book! Will definitely write a review of this book!!
*Read at work for review for ROYAL*
“Hatred combined with lies and secrets can break the world.”
Seemingly, that’s what happened in this novel where Bridge to Terabithia meets Stranger Things. Otherwood tells the story of Stuey and Elly Rose, two adventurous kids who like to explore the woods and play make believe.
When Stuey is eight years old, a great storm hits, taking with it his grandfather’s life and leaving behind a mess of secrets. When Stuey meets Elly Rose, they discover that they share ...more
Stuey, his mother, and Grandpa Zach live in the big old house that Grandpa Zach's father built. It is situated near the woods that Stuey considers his personal playground. When Grandpa Zach dies in a storm, Stuey, age eight, is left friendless. He then meets Elly and she deems them soulmates. Elly's parents and Stuey's mom are united in the fight against the corporation that wants to take down the woods and build a mall. One day when Elly and Stuey are playing in the woods, Elly disappears. Year ...more
This was a beautiful and imaginative story. It was surprisingly deep and complex for a middle grade book - in a way I completely appreciated. The writing made me actually feel transported to the Westdale Wood and Castle Rose. You could feel the main characters frustration at situations that were out of their control and sometimes out of their comprehension. The magic of the book didn't feel forced - I would definitely classify this as more magical realism. I would highly recommend this book, and ...more