Half Upon a Time

(Book #1 of Half Upon a Time)
For Ages: 8 - 12
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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.
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 400 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416995951 | 
  • September 2010 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
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HALF UPON A TIME by James Riley

James Riley uses creativity and clever humor to fracture classic fairy tales in his debut novel, "Half Upon a Time".

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Chapter 1

Once upon a time, Jack wouldn’t have been caught dead in a princess rescue. Yet here he was, in the middle of a cave—a dark and stupid cave—on his way to do just that. This was all such a waste of time, and after that last fight with what was apparently supposed to be a troll, his arm really hurt.

From deep within the cave came what was probably supposed to be a bloodcurdling roar. Jack sighed, rolled his eyes, and slowed down to wait. A roar like that could only mean bad things … and sure enough, a ball of fire came burning down the corridor, exploding just a few inches from his left... see more

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