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Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
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Jun 10, 2014 | ISBN 9780375843297

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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, July 8, 2013:
“McNeal weaves in fantastical fairy-tale details into this inventive and deeply poignant narrative, creating a world that hovers between realism and enchantment.

Starred Review, The Horn Book, July/August 2013:

“McNeal superbly and elegantly enfolds those stories’ essence and depth into plot, setting, and characters; archetypal figures and situations glimmer through McNeal’s small-town American cast like tantalizing clues in a novel that becomes ever darker even as it sparkles with the dignified, affectionate voice of its ghostly narrator.”

Starred Review, The Bulletin, June 2013:
Enchanting, romantic, and tinged with terror, this modern story subtly weaves the haunting essentials of the fairy-tale tradition into a fascinating and beautifully written homage to its source material.”

Starred Review, School Library Journal, June 2013:
“Whether readers connect more deeply with the suspense, the magical elements, or the gloriously improbable love story, they will come away with a lingering taste of enchantment.

Starred Review, Booklist, June 1, 2013:

“Reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel, and rife with allusions to Grimm Brothers’ tales, this is a masterful story of outcasts, the power of faith, and the triumph of good over evil.”

Review, Wall Street Journal:
“Stunning. [A] beguiling, horrifying and gracefully written novel.”

Review, The Atlantic Wire:
“McNeal weaves his modern tale in the fairy-tale tradition, and it will haunt and delight.”

Review, BookPage:
“Far Far Away is an incredibly imaginative modern fairy tale told through the first-person narration of the ghost of Jacob Grimm . . . Suspenseful with a sinister villain, Far Far Away is equally heartwarming as it is scary.”

Review, Shelf-Awareness:
“McNeal structures the novel like a fairy tale, and the overwhelming sense of danger surrounding the village like a deep forest will keep readers glued to the edges of their seats.”


Amazon Best of the Year WINNER 2013

Booklist Books for Youth Editors’ Choice WINNER

California Book Award WINNER 2014

Horn Book Fanfare WINNER

Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year WINNER

School Library Journal Best Book of the Year WINNER

ALA Best Books for Young Adults Top 10 SUBMITTED 2014

ALA Notable Children’s Book SUBMITTED 2014

Virginia Young Readers Program SUBMITTED 2014

Connecticut Nutmeg Children’s Book Award NOMINEE 2017

Edgar Award NOMINEE 2014

Florida Sunshine State Book Award NOMINEE 2015

Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award NOMINEE 2015

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award NOMINEE 2014

Nebraska Golden Sower Award NOMINEE 2015

South Carolina Junior Book Award NOMINEE 2015

Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award NOMINEE 2015

Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List NOMINEE 2014

Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fischer Book Award NOMINEE 2015

National Book Award FINALIST 2013

Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College Children’s Book of the Year HONOR 2014

Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book for Children’s and Teens AWARD 2014

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