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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books; First Edition edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602860041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602860049
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Jack Stalwart books have been a great weapon in the bookseller's armoury for hooking reluctant readers" -- Sarah Moore Publishing News --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Elizabeth Singer Hunt is the author of the wildly popular Secret Agent Jack Stalwart series for younger readers. The series has been named a 'must read' for boys by the British Education Secretary and was selected for inclusion in the Richard and Judy Children's Book Club (UK; 2007). Recently, it was serialized by the BBC Radio 4's Big Toe Books program.

The author lives with her family in northern California. For more information about Elizabeth and the Jack Stalwart series, visit www.jackstalwart.com.

More About the Author

Elizabeth Singer Hunt is the author of the popular Secret Agent Jack Stalwart chapter book series for younger readers. The series has been named a 'must read' for boys by the British Education Secretary, serialized by BBC4 Radio, featured by Virgin Atlantic Airways on its international flights and recently optioned for film. Elizabeth's love of travel and adventure is what inspired her to write the award-winning 14 book series.

For more information about Elizabeth and the Jack Stalwart series, visit www.jackstalwart.com or www.elizabethsingerhunt.com.

To purchase the new Jack Stalwart: Passport to Adventure App for the iPad, visit www.jackstalwart.com and click on the app link on the homepage.

Photo copyright David Peters 2008.

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My 5 year old son loved this book!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By NK on February 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
Though there are some mystery series available for young kids, there are no secret agent or spy series. And this one is great. It can be read aloud to young kids or by themselves for early elementary aged children. Our son loves identifying with Jack, a young child who belongs to the GPF - Global Protection Force - a super secret international agency, whose detectives are all young. And the books are complete with all the super "high-tech" gadgets one would expect from a James Bond type series set for a much younger crowd. (In fact, for adults, the series is a bit of a spoof of the adult James Bond version.) The books are not meticulously researched like the Magic Tree House series. The educational component consists of introducing children to different parts of the world. As a parent, I've enjoyed reading them to my 7 yr old son (and they made a great follow up to a visit to the International Spy Museum in Washington DC). For the most part though, these books are really, really fun reading in a an action, spy, secret agent genre that is not otherwise available for kids. I have the next two books on pre-order and can't wait for them to come in! We've even started gifting them for birthday parties.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kenrick Mock on October 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
My 5 year old son loved this book! If I didn't make him put it down to go to bed he would have read it all in one night. When I woke up the next morning his light was already on and he was reading the rest. He needed help with some of the words but understood most of it. My son tends to get bored quickly so this was one book that really held his attention (it also helps that he is really interested in dinosaurs as well).

It's a nice introductory chapter book with very short chapters that are 5-7 pages long. The illustrations every couple of pages help hold the kids attention.

The book begins by introducing Jack Stalwart and his bag of high-tech secret agent gadgets such as a fly board, neutralizing spray, and goo gel. Jack solves mysteries with the help of his magic map that allows him to transport himself anywhere in the world. In this book he travels to New York City to solve a mystery involving a missing dinosaur bone. With his quick thinking and assistance from his gadgets, Jack solves the mystery in the end. The gadgets really excited my 5 year old and at the end he was wondering if the map lets Jack travel through time if he returns one minute later.

If you're looking for a book that is more scientifically plausible, this is not it, but this is a great story that fires up the imagination and is a nice introductory chapter book if your child is starting to move beyond Curious George and Dr. Seuss.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By txmommy3 on April 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
My son reads everyday...for school! Great..wonderful..but I so wanted him to LOVE to read and he didn't...UNTIL...Secret Agent Jack Stalwart stepped onto the scene! He sat down in his new reading chair (yes, I have tried everything..including making a special area and chair for him to begin to love reading) and cracked it open. He was hooked from the first page! He read the entire book in less than 2 hours and was so pleased with himself he brought it to our coop and told everyone (even his skater friends) about his accomplishment!! It is well below his reading ability, but obviously not below his level of enjoyment. Hey...I like a good easy read sometimes too! So thanks to the author. This series has opened my sons mind to reading in a way no other book has been able to. Many thanks. Courage and God Speed Jack Stalwart...Until the next adventure.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Roman VINE VOICE on November 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
Jack Stalwart is a 9 year old secret agent. He receives missions from his ordinary looking globe and jumps into the map on his wall to travel around the globe to his adventures. This is a great read for youngsters who long for adventure. There are great gadgets and this volume has a rampaging dinosaur loose in New York City. Karen Woodworth Roman w[...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa White on November 25, 2013
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My 6 year old wanted to tell everyone about his experience with the book. "I like this book, because I like dinosaurs."
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By stuffbuyer on January 31, 2011
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I give this four stars only because my six year-old son has gained so much from this series. The Jack Stalwart books are a great way to engage children in reading. The language is simple, the stories are interesting, and the book format is easy for children to handle and read.

However, after reading through four Jack Stalwart books (specifically, Books 7, 8, 9, and 11), Book 1 was a *huge* disappointment. The other books we read had lots of implausible gadgets and situations, but at least they were realistic. The science in Book 1 is so implausible, it's mere magic. Children really shouldn't be exposed to such nonsense unless it's made clear that the story is about magic.

Anyway, we remain big fans of Jack Stalwart books, but we can't recommend Book 1. Book 8 is our favorite so far.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By busy life on April 21, 2013
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My school age students said that this book was just okay and the insertion of dinosauars was just a gimmick and didnt really add that much to the plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on September 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic! When my son was telling me about it, he gave me more details and descriptions of what happened than any other book he's read. He was reading it and would go "do you know what happened now, Mom?" We just ordered the next two books and hope they are just as good!
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