Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Grade Level: 6 – 8

Fountas and Pinnell Level: N

Theme:  Adventure

Genre: Fantasy

I loved how the characters were from old Fairy Tales!  I felt like I already knew a little about them when I started reading this book.  My students needed a bit of a nudge to get into this one…and the fairy tale reference helped them too.  After understanding the characters, and the fact that it is set in a historical but fantastical town, the students found this book action packed, and easy to read.

Based on Jack and the Beanstalk, this time Jack teams up with Rapunzel and her lasso of hair to beat the giant, Blunderboar, in the sky.  Jack, having had to run away after stealing Blunderboar’s goose, returns to his hometown only to find it taken over by giants and ant-people.  Jack and Rapunzel have a coup on their hands!

ISBN: 978-1599900766

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