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Return to Augie Hobble

Lane Smith

Paperback

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Prebound (3/28/2017)
Hardcover (5/5/2015)

Description

Augie Hobble lives in a fairy tale—or at least Fairy Tale Place, the down-on-its-luck amusement park managed by his father. Yet his life is turning into a nightmare: he's failed creative arts and has to take summer school, the girl he has a crush on won't acknowledge him, and Hogg Wills and the school bullies won't leave him alone. Worse, a succession of mysterious, possibly paranormal, events have him convinced that he's turning into a werewolf. At least Augie has his notebook and his best friend Britt to confide in—until the unthinkable happens and Augie's life is turned upside down, and those mysterious, possibly paranormal, events take on a different meaning.

Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith is a charming tale about a boy stumbling through life and the supernatural. Hilarious, tender, wise, the book is packed with haunting illustrations throughout that all make for one, unforgettable middle-grade adventure.

"The incomparable Lane Smith stomps triumphantly into the middle school playground with his first novel." —The New York Times Book Review



Praise For Return to Augie Hobble

"The incomparable Lane Smith stomps triumphantly into the middle school playground with his first novel." —The New York Times Book Review

"Smith huffs and puffs and blows the roof off his first novel. . . . Bravo!" —Booklist, starred review

"Great fun, with hardly a trope or theme left unspun." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Two-time Caldecott Honoree Smith, in his first novel, does an impeccable job of introducing heartbreak while keeping the mood light." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This unusual, ultimately exultant story is tinged with the supernatural and heartbreaking at its core." —The Wall Street Journal

"Like the late comic master Terry Pratchett, Smith knows how to make profound points lightly as he holds a funhouse mirror to the larger world." —The Washington Post

"Had me cracking up from the first smokin' scene." —Newbery Medalist Jack Gantos

"You'll cheer for this novel." —Newbery Honor author Gary Schmidt

Square Fish, 9781250090539, 288pp.

Publication Date: March 28, 2017



About the Author

Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff, including the Kate Greenaway Medalist There Is A Tribe of Kids, and A Perfect Day.

He is also the author of the middle-grade novel Return to Augie Hobble, as well as author and illustrator of Caldecott Honor book Grandpa Green and runaway New York Times bestseller It's a Book which has been translated into over twenty languages. His other works include the national bestsellers Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben. His titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Math Curse; and Science Verse. Lane's other high profile titles include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky; The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders; Big Plans by Bob Shea; and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. In 1996, Lane served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach.

In 2012, the Eric Carle Museum named him a Carle Artist for "lifelong innovation in the field of children's picture books," and in 2014, he was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Society of Illustrators. He lives in rural Connecticut with the designer Molly Leach.