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The legend of Jack Riddle, by H. Easson

Label
The legend of Jack Riddle
Title
The legend of Jack Riddle
Statement of responsibility
by H. Easson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Forced to visit his weird relative, twelve-year-old Jack is about to find out that fairy tales are not the cutesy stories he thought they were, but instead they can offer a warning and teach a cruel lesson
Writing style
Review
/* Starred Review */ "Happily ever after" looks like a real long shot for an Everylad who finds himself the quarry of an ancient, powerful witch. Kicked off (so to speak) in style by a 17th-century hanging, this modern-day tale pitches young Jack into the clutches of his many-times-great-aunt Gee Gee...who turns out to be Gretel, vilest of spellcasting cat ladies and bent on turning him into a living statue (partly as an object lesson for cellphone-obsessed youth everywhere but mostly just for chuckles). Luckily, she decides to toy with him for a bit—which gives him time to set out on multiple quests with some of her earlier victims. Following terrifying encounters with Ariel the mermaid's sharklike sisters and a host of heavily armed fairy folk ("They generally only kill you when they're bored"), he is able, at the very last tick, to fulfill a prophecy that whisks the hag off to a dismal fate. 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." Aside from one of Jack's school friends, a minor character, the human cast presents as white. A rousing addition to the dark and Grimm shelf. (Fantasy. 10-13) (Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10639259
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Easson, H
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
730L
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.1.E2485
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Witches
  • Magic
  • Cats
  • Characters and characteristics in literature
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The legend of Jack Riddle, by H. Easson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
258 pages
Isbn
9781623709075
Lccn
bl2018000556
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The legend of Jack Riddle, by H. Easson
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
258 pages
Isbn
9781623709075
Lccn
bl2018000556
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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