While this is a retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk faerie tale, it’s much more than a boy who accidentally creates a giant beanstalk that takes him to a land of mystery and giants. Instead, it stars a 16 year old girl who has a loving mother and father. She has spent years training with her father on how to fight and use a sword.
When her father, along with a lot of other men from the closest village goes missing, ,Jaclyn takes off to find them. Her boy-hood friend, and first crush, Jack, follows her. I don’t want to give away too much, but there is a beanstalk that they climb up. There are bad guys in their way and a very happy ending.
The book was written for younger teens, but I think anyone who’s interested in this old fable will love the new look Mary Ting gave it.
My rating – PG
This is a fun and adventurous read that everyone can enjoy, just the way I like them!
I give this book 4 stars out of 5, only because it had a slow start, but once it got going it didn’t stop! Go ahead, give it a try. 🙂
Jaclyn and the Beanstalk
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: September 4th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night…
Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest man who once fought for the king, he now teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits—and her sword.
But he has a secret. And his secret may have a connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him.
Upon hearing “monsters” are terrorizing the small villages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return.
Armed only with her sword and three magic beans—a gift from a mysterious old woman—Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her father.
On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk, catching her when she falls.
She isn’t the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her childhood friend and secret crush, is following her.
Together, Jaclyn and Jack must battle to save not only their fathers, but the townspeople the beasts plan to lay waste to before it’s too late.
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.