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Return to Augie Hobble

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Strange, sad, and surprisingly sweet story of friendship.

Book Lane Smith Fantasy 2015
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age 14+

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Too much swearing

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Kids say: Not yet rated

After an understated start, this odd, dark tale sneaks up on you and hooks your heart. Bullying, friendship, loneliness, and loss are explored against an unnerving backdrop of the paranormal: werewolves, ghosts, clairvoyants, even Bigfoot. With RETURN TO AUGIE HOBBLE, author Lane Smith -- best known for his work as an illustrator -- takes a lot of risks, and most of them pay off. The story is slow to come into focus: This heightens the emotional punch of an unexpected dramatic turn more than halfway through, but some readers may find the start too slow or surreal. Gentle humor and Augie’s muted optimism help keep things lighthearted.

There’s plenty of Smith’s visual artistry here, too: Illustrations, mostly in the form of pages from Augie’s journal, are key to the telling of this surprising story.

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