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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When I saw Kelly (GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON) Barnhill's blurb on the back, I knew I would love this book.
OTHERWOOD replaces SWEEP as my favorite fantasy for this year. The blending of realities, the grief over the loss both of a person (a soulmate) and a wild place, the very real changes that come with growing up, and the twist at the end that I did NOT see coming, but which caused every piece to fall back into place...just...wow.
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
I am beginning to fall in love with Pete Hautman’s writing. He so perfectly captures the imagination of young kids. I loved Slider, but Hautman has certainly kicked it up a notch in his newest novel, Otherwood.
Elly and Stuey live on different sides of the woods. They share a birthday, so naturally they become quick best friends. But, suddenly their realities split and they must come to terms with the path they’ve been set on.
A perfect mix of the popular Dark Matter, (hold the science) neatly w ...more
After Grandpa Zach died in the storm, pages of his book strewn around him, Stuey and his mother packed his writing up and put it all away. Grandpa Zach had told Stuey that ghosts walk on the golf course that has now become an overgrown wood. It was where Stuey’s great grandfather disappeared along with the district attorney who was prosecuting him. The two were never seen again. Now when Stuey and his best friend Elly Rose go into the deadfall of trees that seems to form a sort of castle or ship ...more
Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I didn't know that a middle-grade book could completely blow me away until I read Otherwood. This book is incredible and I'm honored to have received an ARC for it. If you only read one more kid's book in your life, even if you're an adult, take the time to read this.
Otherwood is one big cluster of mystery, but it's not frustrating. The plot can be confusing at times, but it comes together perfectly as you read along. Instead of getti ...more
4.5 Stars...Relatable! Enchanting! Enriching!
Otherwood is a well-written fable with lovable characters, poignant themes, an evenly paced plot, and realistic interconnective tissue.
I will miss these characters (admittedly, I felt several pangs of nostalgia for my own youth while reading this), but look forward to reading more of Pete Hautman's work.
This book is so surreal and interesting. It’s a bit sad in that it deals with growing up and the loss of childhood but in a very bittersweet way. The ending is particularly interesting and well written.