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Return to Augie Hobble

Return to Augie Hobble

Lane Smith

Roaring Brook Press


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.

Kansas State Reading Circle


TAKING A BREAK behind Grandma's House I run into Moze Gooch. He's got his head off and he's smoking. He knows he's not supposed to smoke in the suit. It gets in the fur and makes it stink worse than usual.


Praise for Return to Augie Hobble

“Does an impeccable job of introducing heartbreak while keeping the mood light.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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

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

“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

“An emotionally resonant reflection on friendship and loss.” —BCCB

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

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

Reviews from Goodreads

Lane Smith

Lane Smith is a four-time recipient of the New York Times Best Illustrated Book award and a two-time Caldecott Honor recipient, most recently for Grandpa Green. He is the author and illustrator of Abe Lincoln's Dream and It's a Book, which has been translated into more than twenty languages, among many other books.

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Lane Smith

Roaring Brook Press

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