Mr. Was (Paperback)

By Pete Hautman

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781442433373, 240pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Mass Market (3/1/1998)

List Price: 8.99*
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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.

About the Author

Pete Hautman is the author of National Book Award–winning novel Godless, Sweetblood, Hole in the Sky, Stone Cold, The Flinkwater Factor, The Forgetting Machine, and Mr. Was, which was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, as well as several adult novels. He lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at


Praise For Mr. Was

* “Ingenious plotting and startling action combine to make this time-travel thriller a riveting read.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Hard to put down.”—Booklist