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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.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Candlewick Press, 2018
ISBN: 9781536203745
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary


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Sep 24, 2019

When Pete Hautman’s book won the Edgar Award for best mystery fiction for young readers, I got it to read before passing it on to grandnephew Charlie for his birthday this month. I’d wanted to read this Minnesota author as his books always get notice and praise. I loved the family secrets aspects of the story, puzzled over what would bring the kids’ worlds back together and cheered when they were. Loved it.


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