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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: A Jack Blank Adventure (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416995625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416995623
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8–Jack Blank's dull life as a 12-year-old orphan ends when he is attacked by a mechanical monster, then whisked off to the Imagine Nation, a floating island populated by superheroes. The boy makes a few friends and several enemies, explores the parameters of his own newfound superpowers, and tries to uncover the mystery of his origin. The backstory of the Imagine Nation takes a while to develop but ultimately pays off in a richly imagined world with strong appeal to fans of comics. The island is populated by a fun cast of heroes and villains, many of whom Jack already knows about from the comic books he loves to read. Brisk narration captures the superhero world with a mixture of fast-paced action, wry humor, and occasional heartfelt speeches about courage and friendship. Jack's destined role in a looming alien invasion is revealed gradually and quite effectively, and he becomes a more interesting protagonist as he learns more about himself. Several surprising plot twists toward the end lead to some serious moral struggles, along with just the right amount of plasma blasts, fusion cannons, and major explosions that make up the engaging scenes of super-battles. Most of the supporting characters are largely defined by their hero personae, but these are varied enough to make all of them interesting. The fairly ubiquitous premise of an ordinary boy with hidden powers is used here with originality and purpose, with especially careful plotting that leads to an exciting and thought-provoking conclusion.Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Twelve-year-old Jack Blank’s life is just that—blank. An orphan at St. Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost, Jack has no memory of his past or his real name. After destroying a zombie robot in a freak accident, Jack is rescued from the orphanage by an android emissary from the Imagine Nation, Jack’s native homeland, where superheroes, aliens, and ninjas all live together. Unfortunately, Jack’s homecoming is short-lived, as he is discovered to be infected with a deadly robot virus. Yet Jack isn’t sick, and he soon learns that his inexplicable immunity to the virus is only a part of his superpowers. While Jack learns to control his powers, he also learns that the zombie robots that invaded Imagine Nation years ago never left the island and are looking for him. Myklusch’s debut novel—a fun mix of adventure, fantasy, and science fiction—is an imaginative read and will easily attract young male readers longing to be from another world. Grades 4-7. --Kimberly Garnick --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Matt Myklusch is a middle-grade fantasy / adventure writer and the creator of SEABORNE (Egmont USA) and THE JACK BLANK ADVENTURES (Simon & Schuster).

By day, Matt is a mild-mannered strategist for a digital marketing agency, but at night - and very early in the morning - he battles injustice in the form of pirates, super-villains, and robot zombies. Matt also worked at MTV Networks for nearly ten years. During that time, he was involved in booking and producing celebrity interviews, helping launch mtvU (MTV's 24-hour college network), and managing Spring Break events in Panama City Beach, Cancun, and Acapulco. Matt lives in New Jersey with his wife and family, where he is always hard at work on his next book.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to reading the next two books.
Gloria R. Thomas
Jack Blank and The Imagine Nation is an awesome, action packed, must have book, with some great plot twists.
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews
He said it is the best book he has ever read...and he has read a lot!
A. Patterson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
this book to me is the next percy jackson. i am a fan of Rick Riordans work and i absoulutly love anything he writes, so any book i read i compare it to the percy jacksons, well i think this book is maybe a bit better then his. my reasons for thinking so are that Matt uses a lot more imagine(N)nation (hehehehe see what i did there?) i think he widens his horizens a bit more than Rick did, i also like Jack a bit better than i like Percy, just because everyone kinda loved percy from the start, yes even though they were kinda afraid of him, everyone was always nice to him, and everyone respected him because of his dad, and amazingly Percy never seemed to do anything wrong, and when in tough situations he never acted realisticly, like when Jack ran away when he was accepted in the School of Thought , he did what i think any normal 12 year old would do, as apposed to Percy who would likely start a long speach on how bad and unfit he was for the spot (i mean really i dont know anyone who would do that....)

i am only 13 and i love to read anything i can get my hands on, but i do have standards, such as, if the first few pages bore me, then i will never read that book. Is this a good habit? no. Has it saved me from redundantness? YES. so i am a very picky reader even though i do read alot, im not gonna read a crappy book. So the fact that i recomend this book is a feat worth meantioning, all of my friends and family know that if i recomend a book, then they know that it must be really good.

this book is really fun cuz you can play with it in your mind and create your own stories, because in the Imagine Nation, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!!!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Hutchinson on August 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
JACK BLANK AND THE IMAGINE NATION is a pretty thick book but I gobbled it up in just two nights. Most of that has to do with the exceptionally vivid world. The Imagine Nation is filled with colorful characters, politics, schools, and ideas. It's a fully realized country where super powered people live and breathe. Much like the wizarding world of Harry Potter, the Imagine Nation is so detailed that I could easily imagine it existing right off my own coast. It's a remarkable feat.

But beyond that, Matt Myklusch creates a character in Jack that I rooted for all the way through. His story is a pretty neat version of a hero's journey, but with a twist that keeps the story fresh. It's never clear whether Jack is going to swoop in and save the day, or inadvertently destroy his new home. Either way, Jack is relatable, fun, and pretty darn awesome.

The pacing is swift and never dull, the writing is detailed and sharp without ever bogging down in unnecessary description, and the conclusion was satisfying but with just enough threads left over for the other two books in the trilogy.

Mixing superheroes and aliens and ninjas and robots, JACK BLANK AND THE IMAGINE NATION is a great read for kids and adults alike. It'll leaving you checking the horizon, looking to find your own Imagine Nation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on October 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Jack Blank is such a brilliantly written book, with an amazing setting, wonderful characters and a lot of powerful messages written within it's pages. It's a place where all the super heros & real life heros I grew up with and even never before heard of heros, live. It makes the extraordinary seem ordinary.

Twelve year old Jack Blank has been living in a horrible orphanage, where he's constantly picked up on the bully Rex, and finds excitement in reading his comic books. Jack Blank has no idea where he came from, where his family is, and what his real last name is. On the morning a killer robot from one of Jack's comics becomes a reality and tries to kill him, Jazen Knight, an emissary from a secret country called Imagine Nation, has come for Jack. Jack soon finds himself in a place that is right out of his imagination. The way to get there is by believing.

Imagination Nation is in constant motion and travels between the countries of our world, though the members from this nation are from all over the world, make believe, real and from out of this world. I was really surprised that I loved Imagine Nation as much as I did. One of my favorite places in Imagine Nation is in Cognito. A city where people can go to, to "disappear", not even the streets have names. Imagine Nation is made of all sorts of living creatures from normal people to ninjas, kung fu masters, aliens, sorcerers, androids, regular people and more. It almost felt like it has a more updated Star Wars feel to it, complete with it's own Yoda in the form of one of my favorite characters, Stendeval, who's wisdom and encouragement help Jack find out who he is.

I really admired Jack's character. His life hasn't been easy and it gets tougher as soon as he arrives to Imagine Nation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on November 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Gold Star Award Winner!

Jack doesn't know who he is or where he comes from. All he knows is the life he's had at St. Barnaby's Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost, and his love of creating comic books.

One day he gets two visitors. The first is a deadly robot from one of his comics. The second is the fast-talking Jazen Knight, who says he's come to rescue Jack and take him back to his homeland, Imagine Nation, which turns out to be a hidden island where all of the fantastic and unbelievable things in the human world originate.

When Jack is discovered to be carrying a deadly robot virus, he soon realizes that he has superhuman powers, one of which is an immunity to the virus. When Revile, a deadly alien, attacks the city and Jack becomes the only one who can stop him, he must discover his origins and learn to control his powers in order to save his newfound home.

Can Jack master himself before it's too late?

JACK BLANK AND THE IMAGINE NATION is a great, action-packed fantasy adventure from start to finish. The characters are well-developed; the plot moves along quickly and keeps the reader's attention. Those who like fantasy, adventure, science fiction, robots, and/or superheroes will really enjoy reading this book - and the planned sequels.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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