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The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill
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Jul 22, 2011

it was amazing
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Back in the olden days of the early 1980s, “The Wizard of Oz” was event TV. My sisters and I would flop belly-down in front of the TV, chins propped on our hands and watch with rapt attention as Dorothy wound her way through the wonderful land of Oz.

Every year, without fail, I would bawl my head off at the end when Dorothy had to say goodbye to the Scarecrow. Even when I got older and understood that Scarecrow was the guy back in Kansas, I still cried. I can’t name the emotion that scene stirred up in me. Sadness at Dorothy having to leave her friend? Happiness that she was able to go home? Regret that she couldn’t have it both ways? I’m not sure. What I do know is that I felt the exact same way finishing Kelly Barnhill’s The Mostly True Story of Jack as I did upon watching the end of “The Wizard of Oz,” tears and all.

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