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The Resource Half upon a time, by James Riley

Half upon a time, by James Riley

Label
Half upon a time
Title
Half upon a time
Statement of responsibility
by James Riley
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the village of Giant's Hand Jack's grandfather has been pushing him to find a princess and get married, so when a young lady falls out of the sky wearing a shirt that says "Punk Princess," and she tells Jack that her grandmother, who looks suspiciously like the long-missing Snow White, has been kidnapped, Jack decides to help her
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Storyline
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Review
  • Gr 5 – 9 — 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 "Punk Princess," 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 wolf's back, release a genie when they break Red Hood'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 Jack'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.—Kathleen Isaacs, Children's Literature Specialist, Pasadena, MD --Kathleen Isaacs (Reviewed March 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 3, p169)
  • This fractured fairy tale features a hip contemporary voice but relies too heavily on relayed history. Opening with a line that captures both context and fabulously sardonic attitude--"Once upon a time, Jack wouldn't have been caught dead in a princess rescue"--Riley quickly establishes his protagonists: Jack, pragmatic but mopey, waiting for any chance to rescue a princess, and May, sporting blue-streaked hair, a cell phone and a Punk Princess T-shirt, who has dropped in from another realm. Jack assumes that May's a princess; May knows only that her grandmother was kidnapped. They set out to rescue grandma, picking up an elegant prince who annoys Jack by being competent. May's voice is more often feistily modern ("Then you went and got eaten! What's that about!?") than stilted (she describes grandma as "[s]o full of life"), but she's positioned within the narrative mainly to be fought over and protected. Unfortunately, plot twists and revelations all derive their meaning from past events in Jack's world, forcing the text to be so expository that emotional investment never quite catches up. (Fantasy. 8-10)(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2010)
Awards note
An NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, 2011
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
369047
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1977-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Riley, James
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
820
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
  • MG
  • 3-5
LC call number
PZ8.R433
LC item number
Hal 2010
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 9
Reading level
  • 5.5
  • 5.4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Half upon a time
Series volume
1
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Reading Counts RC
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fairy tales
  • Adventure stories
  • Characters and characteristics in literature
  • Fairy tales
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Characters in literature
  • Adventure stories
  • Characters and characteristics in literature
  • Fairy tales
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Half upon a time, by James Riley
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Sequel: Twice upon a time
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn468977691
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st Aladdin hardcover ed.
Extent
385 pages
Isbn
9781416995951
Lccn
2010012714
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)468977691
Label
Half upon a time, by James Riley
Publication
Note
Sequel: Twice upon a time
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn468977691
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st Aladdin hardcover ed.
Extent
385 pages
Isbn
9781416995951
Lccn
2010012714
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)468977691

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