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A teen goes back in time to prevent his mother’s murder in this riveting read—in trade paperback for the first time.

A secret passageway that leads back in time? Jack can’t believe what he’s discovered, but it’s true: The hidden metal door in his grandfather’s house leads him to 1941. Shaken by his experience, Jack vows not to use the door again. But when his alcoholic father gets drunk one too many times, Jack witnesses his mother’s horrific death and flees back through the door. He plans to stay alive until he can reach the present and prevent his mother’s death. However, with World War II on the horizon, Jack soon finds himself fighting not only for his mother’s life, but for his own.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on Dec 1, 2009
ISBN: 9781439115749
List price: $6.99
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Whoa. This was messed up but amazing. Great book, and plot and character development. Great Author.read more
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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.read more
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Gritty and hard-edged but very entertaining. I love time-travel novels and this was no exception.  read more
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Whoa. This was messed up but amazing. Great book, and plot and character development. Great Author.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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.
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Gritty and hard-edged but very entertaining. I love time-travel novels and this was no exception.  
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