September 11, 2018
“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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This is a love letter to a time and place gone by. Mr. Hautman lived near a very similar woods and golf course growing up, and at the time, children were allowed to run free! Now, this is something that most children only get to read about. The mystery of the great grandfather's death, and the inclusion of discrimination against Jews will both interest younger readers. Usually, the Holocaust is the only coverage of anti-Semitism that appears in books. There's a very Michael Lawrence A Crack in the Line feel to the alternate realities of Stuey and Elly, a bit similar to Hautman's Klaatu books time bending.
Mr. Hautman is such a talented writer and writes so many different kinds of books, from the mind bending Klaatu Terminus series to Sweetblood, a vampire themed book written BEFORE Twilight! It's always interesting to see what he is writing next, although Slider was so good that I'd love to see more funny MG/YA fiction from him!
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