The Legend of Jack Riddle
The Legend of Jack Riddle
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Annotation: Twelve-year-old Jack is disgusted that he has to visit his great aunt Gretel (whom nobody in his family has ever seen, and who lives in a deadly forest with many skinny cats), horrified that there is no wi-fi, internet, or television in her dusty ancient cottage, and totally terrified when he realizes that she is a real, honest-to-goodness witch--fortunately she sends him packing after one night; unfortunately she sends him home with a deadly gift.
Catalog Number: #152572
Format: Library Binding
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Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 258 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-496-55408-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-496-55408-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017051322
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
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The last thing twelve-year-old Jack wants for his holiday is to visit mysterious and ancient Aunt Gee Gee in the English countryside...with no cellphone service! But things turn out worse than he imagined when Jack is suddenly the target of a real fairy-tale curse. Wry, fun, and suspenseful, Easson's story exposes the dark side of classic tales through the eyes of a contemporary reluctant hero.
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Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Lexile: 730L

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.

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