Mighty Jack

Title

Mighty Jack

Authors

Ben Hatke

Illustrator

Ben Hatke; Alex Campbell; Hilary Sycamore

Publisher

First Second

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9781626722651

Pages

208 pages

Genre

fantasy

Format

graphic novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Jack might be the only kid in the world who's dreading summer. But he's got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It's a lot of responsibility, and it's boring, too, because Maddy doesn't talk. Ever. But then, one day at the flea market, Maddy does talk―to tell Jack to trade their mom's car for a box of mysterious seeds. It's the best mistake Jack has ever made. In Mighty Jack, what starts as a normal little garden out back behind the house quickly grows up into a wild, magical jungle with tiny onion babies running amok, huge, pink pumpkins that bite, and, on one moonlit night that changes everything…a dragon.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Lexile Measure

GN490L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Single parent; Poverty; Developmental disability; single mother; impoverished family; financial hardship; autism; autistic sister

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single mother

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2016, Finalist, Graphic Novel
Maine Student Book Award, 2018, 2nd Place, Grades 4-6
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2016
YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2017 Fiction
YALSA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2017

Keywords

magic seeds; exchange; summer; garden; kidnapping; two jobs; plants; sword fighting

Diversity Impact

indirect

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