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In Jacob's Shadow [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Ranson , Elena Ibbetson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Thirteen-year-old Sam Hill lives in the shadow of his outgoing, girl-hugging, infuriating twin, Jacob, who also happens to have Down syndrome. To make matters worse, the Hills live on the mountain overlooking Santa Barbara, far from Sam’s school and friends. His one passion is soccer, and while out training on the mountain one evening, he witnesses an arsonist fleeing the scene of a fire. His early warning helps the clear the mountain, but the fire burns down into the town, and hundreds of homes and four lives are lost. The day after the fire, in a chance encounter, the arsonist threatens to harm Jacob if Sam should tell anyone what he’s seen. As Sam pays more attention to Jacob in his efforts to protect him, his frosty feelings towards Jacob thaw, and he sees how they complement one another.

Unfortunately for Sam, he has a history of playing with matches and becomes the top suspect of the police. In order to protect his brother, and under increasing pressure from the arsonist, Sam is forced to confess to the crime. As events begin to spin out of control for the true fire starter, he seeks out the twins to silence them forever. Sam must use all his wits and reserves of strength to protect Jacob in the ultimate trial by fire.

Product Details

  • File Size: 287 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Hugh Ranson (June 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008C55PGE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,884 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down August 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What begins as a book about a boy's love for soccer and his relationship to his special-needs brother rapidly turns into something darker and more mysterious. We see him having to deal with a frightening secret, as well as a painful and confusing moral quandary. Hugh Ranson never simplifies his characters or plot, nor does he assure us of a happy ending. He kept me turning the pages right up to the final paragraph. If you are eight or eighty, you are sure to enjoy this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling! August 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read a wide range of books as a former elementary school teacher and a mother of three school aged children. "In Jacob's Shadow", by Hugh Ranson, is by far one of the best books I have read and one I strongly suggest being introduced to students of today! "In Jacob's Shadow" will resonate with every age group; beginning with the young elementary aged child, teens, and up to the adult. Reading the story to a younger child allows for many discussions and teachable moments and the teen and adult will thoroughly enjoy it too. The book couples soccer, a family's unconditional love along with the life experiences of a special needs child. It entails action and suspense while a page turner mystery is threaded throughout the story. Either way, reading it to a child or by oneself, I assure you that no one will want the story to end! In the end, "In Jacob's Shadow" teaches a beautiful life lesson about the true meaning of "a hero". Immerse yourself into the book and let the author, Hugh Ranson, take you on a wonderful journey!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! July 26, 2012
A Kid's Review
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished 5th grade, and I think this book is a great read for anyone- I read it in 2 days, because I was so hooked....The book was a thriller and fun to read. I hope he writes another book! I will read it for sure. Awesome!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! July 26, 2012
By Debbie
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It was a great book.....kept my interest throughout the story. I would definately recommend this book to others and I am looking forward to his next release!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! July 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was a very good read. It is a great book for preteens and teens as well as adults. It pulled me in right from the beginning and there were many parts where I couldn't put the book down. A real nail-biter. And the book is filled with insights into some fundamental questions of life. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minor Miracle March 8, 2013
By Kate
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These young adult books by Hugh Ranson are hitting the spot for me. I can read them fast, which works well in my life right now. And they're exciting and suspenseful--and usually I don't like suspense, but here it's never at the expense of people. This one--In Jacob's Shadow--is my favorite, maybe because it's the one I just finished. Couple things stand out--the physical world is there, often beautiful, sometimes not, always real and particular. And there's one chapter about a soccer game that I consider to be a minor miracle. I hate soccer. Nothing ever happens, no one even gets hurt, what's the point? But this chapter is riveting. You get to step into this point of view of complete love and understanding of the game, all done with action and never with explanations. I want this author to write more about soccer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids Cry For More! November 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As I read this book aloud to my class, the anticipation of what was to unfold brought audible sighs and cries. When I ended the reading for the day the entire class shouted, "No!." The children couldn't wait for me to continue reading the next day. Our discussions were lively and engaging. The characters came to life! It was especially fun to read descriptions of names and places where the children live. This was an added bonus. The children's reviews were steller. I highly recommend this crime thriller. I enjoyed it as much as the kids did!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed with great characters November 5, 2012
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This book starts off as a story about soccer and brothers and becomes a mystery thriller. I had to keep reading to find out how it would end. It had great descriptions of Santa Barbara and what it's like to flee from a fire in the mountains. I liked that it reminded you that you can always count on your family.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Most engaging story about sibling relationship, a murder mystery &...
My granddaughter recommended this book to me and I couldn't stop reading it until I finished. Ranson is a wonderful writer as well as a great storyteller, dad and teacher. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lezah
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
A suspenseful, well-written story that I'm pleased to have been able to read.

Sam is the good responsible kids, who is willing to be falsely accused of setting a fire to... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Just a WAHM
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Hugh Ranson
I read Hugh Ranson's other book titled Pajama Boy. Both books were enjoyable and well written. I am an avid reader and found both books cleverly written. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Happy Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars In Jacob's Shadow Review
This is a great book for all ages, especially young adults. Hugh Ranson has done a great job on this book and I recommend this book to all who love reading young adult books filled... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kathy S. Mintzer
5.0 out of 5 stars EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT book for kids!
Hugh Ranson has crafted an AMAZING tale that keeps my students on the edge of their seats EVERY day. Read more
Published on August 16, 2012 by Mrs.Bossy
5.0 out of 5 stars I put down Hunger Games to read In Jacob's Shadow
Sam has a secret that could change his life forever. He discovers that adults can't always be trusted, the best team doesn't always win and that the love and respect for family is... Read more
Published on August 15, 2012 by E. Costanzo
5.0 out of 5 stars great read with a message
I read this as a teacher looking for a good teen book, but it hooked me as a reader. In addition to having a compelling mystery, the characters are beautifully developed. Read more
Published on July 30, 2012 by Sally
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More About the Author

I write left and throw right. I'm the seventh son, but sadly, not of a seventh son.I was born in England to a Welsh mother and an American father, and when I was twenty I moved to California in search of adventure; I've lived there ever since. My wife and I have three kids, one of whom has Down syndrome. Jacob, from In Jacob's Shadow, is based on my son in all his stubborn glory. Like Sam in the same book, I love to play soccer, though I'm not as good as he is. I've been a teacher for over twenty years, and I currently teach fifth grade. I really like my job most of the time. One of my greatest pleasures is reading aloud to kids and watching their eyes get big at the juicy parts.I love watching birds and photographing wildlife. I like to write but don't do it as often as I should. I've written three novels, two for kids and one for oldies, as well as lots of short stories and poems.


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