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Far Far Away

by Tom McNeal

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This is truly a modern fairy tale. Great for fans of a Tale Dark and Grimm who've had a year or two to age out of that series. ( )
  EmilyRokicki | Feb 26, 2016 |
Jeremy Johnson Johnson (so named because his parents both had the last name of Johnson BEFORE they got married) is a quiet outcast who lives above the town bookstore with his father. An adventurous young girl named Ginger takes an interest in Jeremy. Together they cause some mischief and grow closer. Ginger encourages Jeremy to do things he would never have done on his own.

Jeremy has been guided and watched most of his life by the benevolent spirit of Jacob Grimm (one of the Grimm brothers). Jeremy is one of a select few people who can hear ghosts, even though he can't see them. Jacob finds Jeremy and becomes his companion and protector. Jacob feels his most important job is to protect Jeremy from the Finder of Occasions, but he doesn't know who this is and that makes his job difficult.

In the small town of Never Better, things are not at all what they seem. And evil could be lurking within any one of the townspeople - waiting and watching....

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I finished this book quickly, in less than 5 days. I enjoyed discovering the secrets of the town and trying to figure out who the Finder of Occasions was. Jeremy & Ginger's story is romantic but not sappily so. They do fun and crazy things and aren't just concentrating on being in love or whatever.

This is a good book for 5th - 8th graders. This book is nominated for a Florida reading award know as the Sunshine State Readers Award. There are a lot of fairy tale based stories out there. This one is very original and enjoyable. The book is 369 pages and may be too long for reluctant readers, but for readers who enjoy fantasy or adventure, this one should be a hit. :) ( )
  Jadedog13 | Feb 3, 2016 |
Darker than I'd anticipated. A well-conceived modern-day fairy tale, narrated by the ghost of Jacob Grimm himself. The main female character reads a bit manicpixiedreamgirl, but otherwise nice characters. Beautiful descriptions. ( )
  AmeliaHerring | Jan 22, 2016 |
Jacob Grimm is a ghost and he spends his days with Jeremy, a tween boy who is having a difficult time. Jacob hopes to protect him from the Finder of Occasions, an innocent looking villain who will try to hurt Jeremy. In the meantime Jacob focuses on getting Jeremy prepared for college. Then one day Jeremy makes friends with Ginger. Ginger is a live wire who gets Jeremy into a little innocent trouble. The town treats this trouble like it is the worst evil since they have always looked at Jeremy a little funny since he admitted he could "hear voices" as a child and shuns Jeremy.

The story is told by Grimm and the language is gorgeous (and occasionally comic fodder.) Grimm uses more formal language allowing the kids to mostly sound like themselves and still have this gorgeous traditional fairy tale tone. Having Grimm narrate the story is also a teeny bit meta for me as the story is so clearly a fairy tale in and of itself.

I really love the characters in this and their names as well; I feel like the author was taking a page from J.K. Rowling's book with some of the amazing names. The relationship that develops between Ginger and Jeremy is adorable and I love it's magical beginning. It's another hint of the tale's fairy tale roots.


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  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Jacob Grimm is a ghost and he spends his days with Jeremy, a tween boy who is having a difficult time. Jacob hopes to protect him from the Finder of Occasions, an innocent looking villain who will try to hurt Jeremy. In the meantime Jacob focuses on getting Jeremy prepared for college. Then one day Jeremy makes friends with Ginger. Ginger is a live wire who gets Jeremy into a little innocent trouble. The town treats this trouble like it is the worst evil since they have always looked at Jeremy a little funny since he admitted he could "hear voices" as a child and shuns Jeremy.

The story is told by Grimm and the language is gorgeous (and occasionally comic fodder.) Grimm uses more formal language allowing the kids to mostly sound like themselves and still have this gorgeous traditional fairy tale tone. Having Grimm narrate the story is also a teeny bit meta for me as the story is so clearly a fairy tale in and of itself.

I really love the characters in this and their names as well; I feel like the author was taking a page from J.K. Rowling's book with some of the amazing names. The relationship that develops between Ginger and Jeremy is adorable and I love it's magical beginning. It's another hint of the tale's fairy tale roots.


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  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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Far Far Away captures the wit of "Doctor Who," the magical appeal of Narnia and Hogwarts, the no-nonsense approach to writing about nonsensical things previously mastered by Jasper Fforde, the enchantment of timeless fairy tales, and the harsh realities of the real world … all in one pretty, delightful, 384-page package.

Have I mentioned that I adored this book?
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When Jeremy Johnson Johnson's strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate, Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.
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It says quite a lot about Jeremy Johnson Johnson that the strangest thing about him isn't even the fact his mother and father both had the same last name. Jeremy once admitted he's able to hear voices, and the townspeople of Never Better have treated him like an outsider since. After his mother left, his father became a recluse, and it's been up to Jeremy to support the family. But it hasn't been up to Jeremy alone. The truth is, Jeremy can hear voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous writing duo, 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 when the provocative local girl Ginger Boultinghouse takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a grim chain of events is put into motion. And as anyone familiar with the Grimm Brothers know, not all fairy tales have happy endings. . . 

   Young adult veteran Tom McNeal (one half of the writing duo known as Laura & Tom McNeal) has crafted a novel at once warmhearted, compulsively readable, and altogether thrilling--and McNeal fans of their tautly told stories will not be disappointed.

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