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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479241253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479241255
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,141,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist, Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery Death is but a Dream and the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average. You can reach her at tiptoegirl87@gmail.com and she'll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist, Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery Death is but a Dream and the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average.

You can reach her at tiptoegirl87@gmail.com and she'll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SM on October 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
What an incredibly fun read! I admit I started reading this book just to parentally screen it for my daughter, to see if it would be appropriate or interesting for her, but then I found myself completely sucked into the story, to the point that I read this over the other books I was reading for myself, just because I wanted to see what was going to happen to Jacob Smith in his battles with aliens.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of anything of the young aduld action adventure genre, such as books along the lines of The Lightning Thief, or even Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

I also think this book would make a great movie, and I can actually imagine it being a major motion picture someday. Fun stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 29, 2014
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Lots of writers of middle grade fantasy/adventure books are good at coming up with catchy premises and angles. Some can sustain a narrative and some are skilled at describing alien characters and setting scenes. But, ahh, as to the central figures - the heroes and heroines of the story - that often proves to be a bridge too far.

Well, this book has a great hook, it has a strong narrative, and it has some very impressive set pieces - but what sets it apart is the appeal and authenticity of the central characters.

The angle is that Jacob Smith is the most normal kid around; he is literally as well as figuratively "average". For reasons that become clear as the plot develops, (no SPOILERS here), his averageness is sort of the aspect of Jacob Smith that makes the whole alien invasion shebang work.

You'd think that developing an "average" character would not be a hard assignment. But as I thought about it I realized that outrageous characters - super geniuses, mega-geeks, video game freaks, emo girls, mondo nerds, "bad" boys, skaters, greasers, bullies, and so on - are easier, because they are so recognizable and it's so easy to just put the parts together. But how do you write an "average" hero who can command and hold the reader's attention? Well, Erin Hayes has done that.

Jacob has a loyal if a bit quirky best friend, Max, whose occasional cracks keep him grounded. Jacob's sister has gone goth out of middle kid rebellion, but she is fond of Jacob and rallies 'round when the going gets tough. Jacob's parents aren't perfect, but they aren't cartoonishly over the top. Jacob's worries are normal; his thought processes seem authentic. His attitude and style seem realistic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vered Ehsani on November 19, 2012
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What if your complete and uninteresting normalcy is the very thing that could wipe humans off the face of the planet? This is the unlikely premise of the delightfully unique Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average. I loved the odd situation Jacob found himself in, and all the events that unfolded because of it. The writing was good, the humour was... well, amusing, and the pace was good. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone from 12 - 120 years old who is looking for a light, entertaining read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mydaffodils on October 18, 2012
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Very relatable story!! I loved it! Jacob Smith is indeed very average and special at the same time. I like the twin sister Thea as well, she's the kind of sister every body would like to have... always protective of her little brother!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bloiber on October 10, 2012
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I've read this book several times already, and the very first time I read it, I felt the same way I did while reading Riordan's books (Percy Jackson, The Red Pyramid). That is, it is full of fast-paced action and very fun to read. Though the subject matter is vastly different from those books, anyone who enjoyed the Percy Jackson series should give this book a go. The characters are well developed, the antagonists are fun to hate, and the writing reads as though it's not there, creating vivid mental images instead. All in all, highly recommended, both for kids and adults who enjoy kids books!
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