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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4.5 stars for Otherwood -- one of my favourite middle grade reads of the year!
We follow Stuey and his friend Elly Rose who each have magnificent imaginations and a love for the woods between their homes. Upon discovering they share a birthday, Elly Rose declares them soulmates and the two children spend countless hours playing in a deadfall in the middle of the woods. Until the day when something goes terribly wrong and the two must figure out how to try to put things back to the way they were.
Kind of the Murakami of middle-grade novels. I loved the dreamy quality to this book and it has just enough twists to keep you hooked.
Stuey’s summer is looking up when he meets Elly Rose, a girl who shares his birthday and declares them to be “soul mates.” They build a kingdom of castles and imagination in the woods bordering their homes, close despite the deep rifts in their families from generations before. But then Elly Rose disappears, right in front of Stuey’s eyes, and Stuey has to question everything he knew about life, the past, and the woods. Maybe his Grandpa was right in saying ghosts dwelled there. Maybe ...more
ARC graciously provided by Mr. Hautman
Stuey, his mother, and his grandfather live in a large, old house that has been in the family for generations and stands at the edge of a woods. After a huge storm, his grandfather passes away. Stuey continues to explore the woods, because he did this frequently with his grandfather. Of especial interest is a deadfall (several trees uprooted by the storm that make a sort of leafy cave), and this becomes a place he and new neighbor Elly enjoy playing. There i ...more
It's like Stranger Things meets The Fault in our Stars...I had no idea where this book was going or how things were going to turn out, and I loved it! Such an unexpected book about friendship and family and the secrets that can tear us all apart.
Stuey is going on 9 and lives with his widowed mom and grandfather, who's his best friend. His grandfather has such incredible stories to tell about his father; a bootlegger who bought land to create a golf course and who disappeared without a trace one night. Grandpa Zach dies during an awful storm, and Mom locks away the pages of the book he was writing. There are family secrets that Zach is desperate to know about, but he puts that on hold when he meets Elly Rose, a girl his age who's new to ...more
// Thanks to Candlewick Press and Netgalley for the ARC to review //
“I suppose if we forgot stuff we’ll never know we forgot it, because we won’t remember.”
a general problem with fantasy books is capturing the attention of readers, but this book did not have that problem. This book is surprisingly deep for a middle grade book. It is complex and intricate with themes deeply woven into the story.
I like how certain middle grades books have the special talent of being so much deeper than they are ...more