JACKSON JONES by Jenn  Kelly


The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish
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Age Range: 8 - 12
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In this absurd adventure, insecure sixth grader Jackson falls into his Great Aunt Harriett’s enormous hair. Inside that hair is a whole world, where Jackson meets an elf named Meeka. Meeka insists on taking Jackson on what she calls the Author’s tour. Extreme wackiness ensues, during which Jackson meets two significant characters. The first is Eleissa, who explains to Jackson that his life is not random, that the Author created him and wrote his story. The second is Josh the Page, whose job is to help people find their stories. He leads Jackson to the river’s edge and instructs him to find his stone. Jackson has to resist all the stones inscribed with negative messages to find the ones that are truly calling out to him. While the story of Aunt Harriett’s hair is presumably intended to guide children to a stronger faith in a higher power and in themselves, it winds up in a hopeless allegorical tangle. The frequent, lengthy narrative asides, meant to be funny, will only add to readers' confusion and frustration. (Fiction. 8-12)
Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-310-72079-9
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Zonderkidz
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2010