- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: David C. Cook (September 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0781411076
- ISBN-13: 978-0781411073
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Joel N. Clark is the author of Awake - the book you can watch, and co-founder of Atlas District Pictures and Switchvert, a production house located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Clark has written and directed multiple documentaries, commercials, and short films. He and his wife, Megan, and their daughter, Juno, reside in Washington, DC.
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When asked to rate Jack Staples and the Ring of Time, my daughter gave it a rating of 4 out of 5 stars - and as she is the best authority on whether this book is a good fit for your youth, I concur. I strongly recommend this book, and my daughter is looking forward to finding out what happens next in the series.
A review copy has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the CFBA for the purposes of this unbiased review.
During the circus show Jack notices a blackbird flapping around whilst a girl is performing on a tightrope with two roaring lions beneath her. We later learn that the two lions are called Killer and Beast. When an accident happens, chaos ensues along with blazing fire. Thinking Jack is dead, the family are surprised to discover the following morning that Beast sacrificed his life for Jack by covering him with his body.
What does it all mean when Jack learns that he is the Child of Prophecy, born without scales on his eyes? Arthur Greaves is his best friend and Mrs. Dumphry is much more than the ancient school teacher. When the school children are warned to stay away from the forest, Arthur know he has to rescue Jack. Who is the 'monster' covered in mud and leaves? Who is the beast? A black maned lion is coming after them but there is someone in red, jumping from tree to tree. Who is she? Meet Alexia and Killer.
Alexia is 13 and has been surviving by herself since her parents died on her 5th birthday. Not only is she an excellent shot with a sling and stone but she has quite the temper! Until she is told, she doesn't realize that she also was born without scales on her eyes? Why are there two? No one was expecting this. Megan Staples, Jack's mom, takes Megan under her 'wing' and into their house but when tragedy strikes and Megan dies, how will Alexia and Jack handle that? Later in the book when Jack realizes he can go back in time, will he be able to save his mother?
Travel to the amazing underground city of Agartha with Jack, Alexia and others. Sadly though the Assassin and his workers follow them. Will the battle be won?
This is one suspenseful, fast moving novel targeted at teenagers. We actually read it aloud to our 11 and 8 year old and they were GRIPPED! Please note there are a lot of evil beings in this book so some kids may be scared or some may need an adult to explain it to them. Many times, the characters are fighting the Oriax, Shadule and Belial. It helped our kids when we explained how this story was very allegorical. The Author is obviously God whilst Belial/Assassin are other names for the devil.
The text switches from character to character, sometimes quite regularly but it is clearly marked. It can get confusing at times when you go back in time for a period to learn something of the characters or when you read about each character separately but in the same time periods. You do figure it out though.
Please note that this is the first in a trilogy so does not really have an ending. It is unlikely that you are going to be satisfied with just reading this first book. Our son is eager to start Book 2 tomorrow!