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The Legend of Jack Riddle
The Legend of Jack Riddle
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The Legend of Jack Riddle

So what if 12-year-old Jack's great-great-great-great-great aunt has oddly youthful looks? (Probably cosmetic surgery.) Or a hat she never removes? (Fashion victim.) Or goes out into the creepy forest at midnight to play bingo? (Must be what people do in the country.) Who cares about that when her cottage doesn't even have Wi-Fi?! Forced to visit his distant relative with the unusual name of Gretel, Jack is about to find out that fairy tales aren't sparkly, cheesy love stories. They're dark. They have claws. They're a warning. And when you're the unwilling hero of your own fairy tale, you might be the one who's taught a nasty lesson.

PublisherCapstone Young Readers
Age Level9-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 4-7
GenreFantasy & Science Fiction
Trim Size5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Page Count264
Paper Over Board



Kirkus Reviews

"STARRED REVIEW! "Happily ever after" looks like a real long shot for an Everylad who finds himself the quarry of an ancient, powerful witch. . . .Tucking in decidedly atypical versions of characters from folk and fairy tales, as well as some dandy gross-outs ("Gretel's eyeball lay in a soggy pile on the floor"), Easson puts her increasingly self-confident protagonist through severe tests of both courage and cleverness that leave him, by the end, able to style himself, with some justice, "kind of a warrior now. Well, -ish." . . .A rousing addition to the dark and Grimm shelf." - Kirkus Reviews

February 1, 2018

H. Easson

H. Easson

H. Easson grew up in England where she spent her childhood searching for the fairies at the bottom of the garden. She is a now a freelance writer and an English teacher, who lives in Hobbit-Land (aka New Zealand) with her husband. The Legend of Jack Riddle is her debut novel.

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