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Jack Lund figures a good day is when his dad's too drunk to beat up his mom.

For Jack, Bogg's End is the end. The end of the turbulent, see-saw years of watching his father go on the wagon and fall right back off gain. Once it took two years, but the inevitable inevitably happened. Now it's just Jack and his mom starting over in the strange old house his grandfather left them.

But the ride's not over yet. Jack's father returns, full of apologies and promises, and for a little while, things are looking up. Then in one terrifying, sickening moment, everything comes crashing back down again.

So Jack runs. He runs through a strange hidden door that takes him back in time to before his parents were born. Before he was born. Maybe with a second chance he can stop the inevitable. At least he's got to try. What Jack doesn't understand, though, is that he can't change his future until he faces his past.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on
ISBN: 9781439115749
List price: $6.99
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Gritty and hard-edged but very entertaining. I love time-travel novels and this was no exception.  more
Mr. Was by Pete Hautman is: A mystery? A time-travel tale? Historical fiction? A survival story? Amazingly, this engrossing story of Jack Lund’s life after his first visit to Memory, Minnesota as an adolescent is all of these things and more. Caught between his abused mother and alcoholic father, Jack discovers an escape from the confusion of his life when he finds a hidden door in the run-down mansion his mother has inherited from his grandfather. When he steps through the portal, he finds himself in 1941, before the U.S. has entered World War II. That’s where he meets and falls in love with Andie, a vivacious green-eyed redhead, who encourages him to tell his strange tale of a life lived before being born. It’s also where he meets Scud, his friend and rival for Andie’s affections, who later attacks Jack in a jealous rage on the battlefield at Guadalcanal.But what Jack wants most in 1993 when he steps into the past is to someday make it back to that fateful day in the future and prevent his father from killing his mother. Will he succeed?This fascinating and well-crafted story will leave you reviewing all the events to see how all these lives fit together and questioning which life Jack really lived and where he is now.more
Whoa. This was messed up but amazing. Great book, and plot and character development. Great Author.more
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Gritty and hard-edged but very entertaining. I love time-travel novels and this was no exception.  more
Mr. Was by Pete Hautman is: A mystery? A time-travel tale? Historical fiction? A survival story? Amazingly, this engrossing story of Jack Lund’s life after his first visit to Memory, Minnesota as an adolescent is all of these things and more. Caught between his abused mother and alcoholic father, Jack discovers an escape from the confusion of his life when he finds a hidden door in the run-down mansion his mother has inherited from his grandfather. When he steps through the portal, he finds himself in 1941, before the U.S. has entered World War II. That’s where he meets and falls in love with Andie, a vivacious green-eyed redhead, who encourages him to tell his strange tale of a life lived before being born. It’s also where he meets Scud, his friend and rival for Andie’s affections, who later attacks Jack in a jealous rage on the battlefield at Guadalcanal.But what Jack wants most in 1993 when he steps into the past is to someday make it back to that fateful day in the future and prevent his father from killing his mother. Will he succeed?This fascinating and well-crafted story will leave you reviewing all the events to see how all these lives fit together and questioning which life Jack really lived and where he is now.more
Whoa. This was messed up but amazing. Great book, and plot and character development. Great Author.more
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