Far Far Away (Library Binding)

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boy, a girl, a ghost, forests, baked goods, smoke, loss, a sheriff, how
grim(m) of a fairy tale can there be? This small-town tale by Tom
McNeal was as beautiful and frightening as anyone could want.  All
senses were tested; beautiful scenes, symbolic fabrics, great tastes and
smells, and eerie and chilling sounds. The characters, young and old,
were both troubled and good. There is nothing childish in this story; I
found myself searching for historical clues and rooting for, at least,
somewhat of a happy ending. I would go for both fingers crossed and
thumbs up for this hopeful, but by no means moralistic, tale." ~

— Kate is one of our children's book buyers for Tattered Cover


A National Book Award Finalist
An Edgar Award Finalist
A California Book Award Gold Medal Winner

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.

About the Author

TOM MCNEAL holds an MA in creative writing from UC Irvine and was a Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. He is the author, with his wife, Laura, of four young adult novels published by Knopf: Crooked, Crushed, The Decoding of Lana Morris, and Zipped. His adult titles include Goodbye, Nebraska and To Be Sung Underwater. He lives with his wife and two sons in Southern California. Visit their website at McNealBooks.com.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375949722
ISBN-10: 0375949720
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 11th, 2013
Pages: 384
Language: English