What happened in the woods that day? Pete Hautman's riveting middle-grade novel touches on secrets and mysteries - and the power of connections with family and friends.
"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.
Pete Hautman (born 1952) is the author of many well received young adult novels, one of which, Godless, won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Hautman moved to St. Louis Park, Minnesota at the age of five. He later graduated from St. Louis Park High School and attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Minnesota over the next eight years, without receiving a degree from either institution. After working at several jobs which he describes as "ill-suited", Hautman published his first novel, Drawing Dead, in 1993. He loves to cook, has two small dogs, and is currently living with mystery writer Mary Logue. Pete Hautman is a popular author and has made multiple works that can directly relate to the young or adolescent reader.