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Far Far Away

Far Far Away

ISBN: 0375843299

Title: Far Far Away

Author: Tom McNeal

KDL Description:


“Jeremy Johnson Johnson is protected by and can communicate with the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one of the Brothers Grimm, famous for writing fairytales. As the story unfolds, Jeremy’s life becomes a fairytale, and it may not end happily ever after. This story was perfect, magical, and unforgettable! I loved the well-developed characters, the use of language, and the intriguing and unique plot.”—Kris at KDL’s Comstock Park branch

Amazon Description:

National Book Award Finalist

A dark, contemporary fairy tale in the tradition of Neil Gaiman.

Jeremy Johnson Johnson hears voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of The Brothers Grimm. Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next.
            But Jacob can’t protect Jeremy from everything. When coltish, copper-haired Ginger Boultinghouse takes a bite of a cake so delicious it’s rumored to be bewitched, she falls in love with the first person she sees: Jeremy. In any other place, this would be a turn for the better for Jeremy, but not in Never Better, where the Finder of Occasions—whose identity and evil intentions nobody knows—is watching and waiting, waiting and watching. . . And as anyone familiar with the Brothers Grimm know, not all fairy tales have happy endings.
            Veteran writer Tom McNeal has crafted a young adult novel at once grim(m) and hopeful, full of twists, and perfect for fans of contemporary fairy tales like Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Holly Black’s Doll Bones. The recipient of five starred reviews, Publishers Weekly called Far Far Away “inventive and deeply poignant.”

From the Hardcover edition.