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Mr. Was (Paperback)

Author:  Pete Hautman
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 144243337X
ISBN-13: 9781442433373
Sku: 220392716
Publish Date: 2/7/2012
Pages:  216
Age Range:  College to 21
In the autumn of 1952, my father was walking the beach along Onslow Bay just north of Wilmington, North Carolina, when he saw something floating in the ocean. Bits of flotsam and jetsam often washed up on the beach, most of it of little value or interest, but when my father saw the silver-colored briefcase bobbing in the surf he waded out into the breakers and retrieved it. I remember the day he brought it home. He had never seen an aluminum briefcase before. They are common today, of course, but in 1952, aluminum was rarely used for anything other than aircraft parts. (from the first line)
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Growing up with an alcoholic dad and a frightened, abused mother is no picnic. But when Jack and his mother drive through a winter snowstorm to visit his dying grandfather Skoro, things soon get worse. Skoro dies with his gnarled hands wrapped around Jack's throat. The next day, Jack and his mother move into Boggs End, Skoro's creaky, oversized house high on a bluff.

While exploring a closed-off section of the house, Jack comes upon a hidden metal door that leads into a narrow passageway. When he follows the passage, he emerges into a garden outside the house--but it's not the garden he remembers. In this garden, it is summer. Jack soon discovers that he has traveled back in time to 1941. Frightened by his experience there, Jack returns to the present through the mysterious doorway, determined to keep the door a secret. But then Jack's father starts drinking again, this time with fatal consequences. Jack witnesses his mother's horrific death, and flees back through the metal door to 1941, planning to stay alive until 1993 and prevent his mother's death. Unfortunately, World War II is coming, and Jack soon finds himself fighting not only for his mother's life, but for his own.


"Genuinely fascinating and unpredictable..." - Debbie Earl December 1996

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"The story remains compelling, however, and it has a grim and dangerous edge from start to finish that makes it more Bradbury-ish than many juvenile time-travel stories." - Deborah Stevenson November 1996

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   13
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0216
Product attributePublisher:   Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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