Synopses & Reviews
Lifeand#8217;s no fairy tale for Jack. After all, his father's been missing ever since that incident with the beanstalk and the giant, and his grandfather keeps pushing him to get out and find a princess to rescue. Who'd want to rescue a snobby, entitled princess anyway? Especially one that falls out of the sky wearing a shirt that says "Punk Princess," and still denies she's royalty. In fact, May doesn't even believe in magic. Yeah, what's that about? May does need help though--a huntsman is chasing her, her grandmother has been kidnapped, and Jack thinks itand#8217;s all because of the Wicked Queen . . . mostly because Mayand#8217;s grandmother might just be the long-lost Snow White. Jack and May's thrillingly hilarious adventure combines all the classic storiesand#8212;fractured as a broken magic mirrorand#8212;into one epic novel for the ages.
andlt;iandgt;Half Upon A Time andlt;/iandgt;has it all--voice, charming fairy tale characters with a twist, hilarity, and an adventure-filled plot.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; --Bookinistas Blog
The first character we meet in this tale is Jack. But he is not the fairy tale Jack of Beanstalk fame. No, that Jack was this Jackand#8217;s father; and this Jack hasnand#8217;t seen him since that famous encounter with the giant. Living with his grandfather in the shadow of his fatherand#8217;s reputation as a thief, Jack is a different sort of hero. His education is devoted to learning how to save a princess, since that is the only way to escape his life as a peasant. Unfortunately, Jack doesnand#8217;t seem to be very good at it. He alone, of all the village boys, has failed his princess-saving test. Again. Still, that hardly seems to matter when a princess named May unexpectedly drops into his life. Her grandmother is missing, and she needs Jackand#8217;s help to save the old woman. Before you know it, Jack is facing witches and wolves, taking on giants and dragons with the best of them. Along the way, he and May pick up a dainty companion (a fairy), a noble companion (Prince Phillip) and a scary companion (the Wolf King). A host of familiar fairy tale characters appear, includingand#8212;but certainly not limited toand#8212;Snow White, Merriweather, Malevolent, Red Riding Hood, the Wicked Queen, the Huntsman, the Seven Dwarves, and Rapunzel. James Rileyand#8217;s novel is more a re-imagined and greatly embroidered fairy tale than it is a fractured one. and#8220;Quick-pacedand#8221; is an understatement, as our heroes move swiftly from one danger to the next, with hardly a breath in between. The only disappointment is that all of the bad guys get awayand#8212;but thereand#8217;s pleasure in that, too, as it means weand#8217;ll get to see May, Jack, and Phillip track them down to set things right in a much-anticipated sequel. Highly recommended. - www.childrenslit.com
andlt;bandgt;RILEY, andlt;/bandgt;James. andlt;iandgt;Half Upon a Time. andlt;/iandgt;388p. CIP. S andamp; S/Aladdin. 2010. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-9593-7; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-9595-1. LC 2010012714. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;bandgt;Gr 5-9andlt;/bandgt;and#8211;In his twisted fairy-tale world, hapless young Jack fails his princess-rescuing test, but fate gives him another chance when a circle of blue fire deposits May, wearing a T-shirt that reads and#8220;Punk Princess,and#8221; into his cottage. Jack recognizes her as a true princess and they set off on a quest to find her grandmother, Snow White. Joined by super-smooth Prince Phillip, and staying just ahead of the giant green Huntsman, they journey to the Black Forest, ride the wicked wolfand#8217;s back, release a genie when they break Red Hoodand#8217;s magic mirror, and spend time in the dungeon of a fairy queen before finding Snow White and seven dwarfs in the Palace of the Snow Queen. Jack is perennially clumsy, and May has a quick, sharp tongue until she trades her sarcasm to save Jackand#8217;s life. Snappy dialogue, fast-paced action, unexpected twists, and the inevitable conflicts of a threesome made up of two teenage boys and a pretty girl make this an enjoyable read. A whirlwind ending upsets everything, setting the stage for a sequel.andlt;iandgt;and#8211;Kathleen Isaacs, andlt;/iandgt;andlt;iandgt;Childrenand#8217;s Literature Specialist, Pasadena, MDandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;- School Library Journal March 1, 2011andlt;/iandgt;andlt;/bandgt;
James Riley uses creativity and clever humor to fracture classic fairy tales in his debut novel, The Broken Mirror.
In this hilarious fractured fairy tale series from New York Times bestselling author James Riley, Jack, and "punk princess" May must navigate twists and turns unlike anything you've seen before
Jack lives in a fantasy world. Really. He's the son of the infamous Jack who stole the magic beans from the giant, and he's working hard to restore his family's reputation. He finds the perfect opportunity when a "princess" lands in front of him, apparently from the land of Punk, as her Punk Princess sweatshirt implies. May is from our world, and she's utterly confused to find herself in the midst of the fairy tale characters she has read about. But Jack and May have more in common than they realize--and together, they embark on a hilarious and wild adventre in this highly accessible, modern middle grade fantasy novel.
Adventure and tongue-in-cheek humor abound in this fractured fairy tale starring Jack, the son of the infamous Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk fame.
Jack lives in a fantasy world. Really. He’s the son of the infamous Jack who stole the magic beans from the giant, and he’s working hard to restore his family’s reputation. He finds the perfect opportunity when a “princess” lands in front of him, apparently from the land of Punk, as her Punk Princess sweatshirt implies.
May is from the regular world, and she’s really confused to suddenly find herself in the midst of the fairy tale characters she has read about.
But Jack and May have more in common than they realize—and together, they’ll embark on a hilarious and wild adventure in this accessible fantasy that pushes the bounds of reality.
About the Author
James Riley lives in the DC area. He is the author of andlt;iandgt;Half Upon a Timeandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Twice Upon a Timeandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Once Upon the End andlt;/iandgt;as well as the Story Thieves series.