Author: Tom McNeal
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Pages: 371 p.
Jeremy Johnson Johnson is an unusual boy and this is an unusual tale. It is a tale of a boy who can hear voices and the ghost who speaks to him; of a boy and the girl who looks past his weirdness and accepts him for who he is; and of a small town where strange things happen but nobody notices. Fairy tale, romance, suspense, supernatural, mystery all wrapped up into one engaging book.
Jeremy's ghost and the narrator of the story is none other than Jacob Grimm--the fairy tale expert himself--who has made it his mission to protect Jeremy from the unknown "Finder of Occasions." Jacob is not sure how the Finder of Occasions will strike so his best idea is to help Jeremy get out of his strange little town by attending a University elsewhere. He helps Jeremy with his studies and urges him to concentrate on his schoolwork and nothing else. It all goes fine until a fiery Ginger takes a liking to Jeremy and starts involving him in her crazy pranks and schemes. Unbeknownst to them all, the Finder of Occasions is watching and waiting for his opportunity to forever change their lives.
This book is so hard to put down. From the moment it begins we are drawn into Jeremy's tale, wondering what horrible fate awaits him and if he will get out of it unscathed. We sympathize with the poor ghost Grimm who still suffers from memories of his mortal sorrows and will stop at nothing to protect Jeremy. McNeal has written a powerfully captivating tale that would make the Grimm brothers proud.
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