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Jaclyn and the Beanstalk

By Mary Ting


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.



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Author Bio:


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.

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Review & Wrap-Up:

I enjoyed Jaclyn and the Beanstalk. I like a strong heroine in a fantasy novel, which is becoming more and more prominent. I like that we're tying to show the future women of the world that you can be a dragon (or a giant) slayer, too, if you want to be.

I liked Mary Tings twists on the original story, Jack and the Beanstalk. I found it interesting that the beanstalk was grown twice, and both times burnt to the ground by Longinus rather than having been chopped down by Jack to save his people. That the beans were given to Jaclyn by an old witch woman rather than traded for Jack's milk cow, Bessie, by an old man.  And then of course there is the matter of the story having a heroine, Jaclyn, not a hero, Jack.

Jaclyn and the Beanstalk was a lot more religious than I thought it was going to be. To read the original nursery rhyme, Jack and the Beanstalk, there is no mention nor foreshadowing of Christianity being the basis behind the story. This is not a bad trait, author Mary Ting did a wonderful job at weaving it into the story for it to make sense, it just caught me off guard!

I liked Jaclyn and the Beanstalk. It elaborated the original story into a fun and easy read and gave it a religious meaning. I'm curious to see what's in store for Jaclyn's youngest daughter!


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Dani's Score out of 5: 📚📚📚🔖


(A bookmark:🔖, is a half a stack of books. i.e: 📚📚🔖 = a score of 2.5) 

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