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Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk Hardcover – April 14, 2015
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"Liesl Shurtliff has the uncanny ability to make magical worlds feel utterly real, and the best part is: you don't even need a beanstalk to visit them." —Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever
"Shurtliff’s second fairy-tale endeavor, following Rump (2013), soars into the sky and is a delightful story of family, perseverance, and courage." —Booklist
"With a healthy dose of honor and integrity to accompany his wisecracking ways, Jack is a winning hero, and his adventures—both unexpected and recognizable—will please those readers with rollicking spirits or a yen for tales retold." —The Bulletin
About the Author
Liesl Shurtliff was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Just like Jack, she was made to do lots of yard work, pulling weeds and growing green stuff she did not want to eat. These days, she dearly loves her local farmers’ market and always makes her kids eat the green stuff.
Before she became a writer, Liesl graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in music, dance, and theater. Her first three books, Rump, Jack and Red are all New York Times bestsellers and Rump was named to over two dozen state award lists and won an ILA Children’s Book Award. She lives in Chicago with her family, where she continues to spin fairy tales.
Visit her at lieslshurtliff.com
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The school librarian encouraged my daughter to read Shurtliff's first book in the series, "Rump." The girl was instantly smitten. She's read it twice. Without being asked to. So, of course, I bought "Jack" and we are eagerly awaiting the release of "Red".
I've read parts of the books myself and they seem wonderfully well-written. Interesting and quick-paced. I can only encourage Ms. Shurtliff to write faster because she may be my only hope!
For a fairy tale, this story has a remarkable depth to it. The story if full of themes related to the importance of family, what being a hero really means, the power of story, and what real treasure is. While containing a lot of the well known elements from the original story, there is much here that is new. The addition of the small humans as 'elves' serving the giants including in a cobbler's shop, the boy named Tom Thumb by his adopted giantess mother, and the idea that magic has a cost attached to it. All in all, a thoroughly engaging fairy tale retelling full of adventure, great characters, and important themes. Highly recommended.