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The Accidental Hero (Jack Blank Adventure #1)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  4,782 Ratings  ·  304 Reviews
All Jack Blank knows is his bleak, dreary life at St. Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost, an orphanage that sinks further into the swampland of New Jersey with each passing year. His aptitude tests predict that he will spend a long, unhappy career as a toilet brush cleaner. His only chance at escape comes through the comic books donated years a ...more
ebook, 2nd Edition, 496 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Aladdin (first published July 17th 2010)
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Erik This Kid Reviews Books
12-year-old Jack Blank doesn’t know who he is, where he came from or who his parents are. He does know that he’s a VERY bored orphan at St. Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost (a pretty depressing place). Finally something exciting (but pretty frightening) happens in Jack’s life: He gets attacked by an evil Robo-Zombie and has to find a way to destroy it! Jack is saved from the orphanage by Jazen Knight, an official from the Imagine Nation. Jazen takes Jack to the Ima ...more
Nov 22, 2011 Jacqueline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation-Book Review

Reviewer- Jacqueline

Sometimes, some books are just so horrible you feel like you just fell down a deep, deep, dark, scary but boring hole. Now ladies and gentlemen, here’s something I’d like to share with you, about a book called Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation by Matt Myklush. Maybe you’ve read this book before, or maybe you haven’t. Whether you’re a Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation fan or not, I thought that book was…HORRIBLE!!!!! I personally l
Michelle Isenhoff
Jan 16, 2013 Michelle Isenhoff rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me by Erik, from ThisKidReviewsBooks. In fact, he reviewed it in a guest post here on my blog. This summer, when he reviewed the sequel on his blog, I decided book one might be a great read-aloud to start out my son’s homeschool year. Erik assured me he would love it, so I ordered it from the library.

It was a great way to start out the homeschool year. You see, reading is unimaginably difficult for my son. While he’s old enough that he should be reading novels like t
Aug 26, 2011 Krista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this for my kid while we were on a road trip; we stopped in Oxford, MS and while my husband tromped in the footsteps of Faulkner, my kid and I spent a couple of hours at Square Books. This book was recommended by the staff there as something a kid who loves Harry Potter and Percy Jackson would enjoy.

So I bought it and handed it to Cameron; one of the first books I've given him without a pre-read. I guess I was tired.

He read it before we pulled into Nashville that afternoon and pronoun
Raenice Weakly
Mar 31, 2011 Raenice Weakly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, favorites
Author: Matt Myklusch
Genre: Middle Grade; Fantasy
Release Date: August, 2010
Source: Library
Rating: 5/5

Description: All Jack Blank knows is his bleak, dreary life at St. Barnaby's Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost, an orphanage that sinks further into the swampland of New Jersey with each passing year. His aptitude tests predict that he will spend a long, unhappy career as a toilet brush cleaner. His only chance at escape comes through the comic books donated years ago to the o
Carrie Slager
Feb 09, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing
I had my doubts about this book when my friend lent it to me. The way she described it…well it made me less than enthusiastic, I have to admit. Yet I decided to give The Accidental Hero (first published under the title Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation) a chance. After all, I had been skeptical when the same friend lent me Cinder and it turned out to be amazing.

Matt Myklusch’s novel pokes tongue-in-cheek fun at old superhero tropes while at the same time putting a new spin on them so that young
Dylan Jones
Oct 06, 2016 Dylan Jones rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. This book was about a kid stuck on a superhero island. If you like superheroes, fantasy, and robots, this is a book for you. Jack Blank grew up in an orphanage and ever since has been messing with electricity. Whenever they went on field trips, the school bus always broke down. One day, Jack runs into a robot set on killing him. He made the power generator explode and destroyed it, but that wasn't the end. Jack was taken to an island where people with specialties go to ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Jack Blank is such a brilliantly written book, with an amazing setting, wonderful characters and a lot of powerful messages written within it's pages. It's a place where all the super heros & real life heros I grew up with and even never before heard of heros, live. It makes the extraordinary seem ordinary.

Twelve year old Jack Blank has been living in a horrible orphanage, where he's constantly picked up on the bully Rex, and finds excitement in reading his comic books. Jack Blank has no ide
Sep 20, 2010 Seanean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

For the last eleven years, Jack has been raised at St. Barnaby's Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost ("Crushing the spirit of childhood since 1898"). He was found on the doorstep with the name "Jack" on the cradle and no last name. So now Jack is Jack Blank, victim of bullies and evil teachers everywhere.
But Jack isn't a wimp and he's not one to let the daily grind of extra chores get him down. On a day when the rest of the orphanage is
An Odd1
Sep 14, 2013 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fan Jack Blank 12 is a bullied orphan until a comic-book Robo-Zombie, indestructible Rüstov Revile, attacks. Emissary Jazen Knight takes Jack to a secret island "Imagine Nation" of aliens and super-heroes. Only Jack has survived the Rüstov parasite infection longer than an hour.

Best bits are big surprise twists, fights - wham bash bam. Worst bits are long-winded descriptions, when they first land at futuristic Empire City p 83. Mostly Jack acts older, reminders of his age a
Jo Silver
Apr 19, 2015 Jo Silver rated it did not like it
While the book The Accidental Hero had a nice lead, the lead soon dropped into a monotonous book about a bullied and put-down kid finding his special powers in forbidden reading (comics). The plot deteriorates to a boring and predictable setting. You have Jack, the main character, bullied and given the worst tasks at a "Home for the Hopeless" (which is basically a boarding school, except for Jack, who is there for no reason in particular). Next enters his "strange" powers, which he is somehow bl ...more
This was a nice traditional science-fantasy middle grade novel - young orphaned boy who can't seem to fit in, discovers he's got superpowers and gets swept away into a fantastical world in which some of his favorite comic characters turn out to be real - with a nice twist in the end that's definitely got me wanting to read its sequel.

Despite the traditional tropes common in most fantasy, coming of age novels, I think this book would make a wonderful read for younger readers not quite as jaded a
Jan 22, 2016 C rated it it was ok
Do you know the Avengers? Have you ever wonder why it takes so many superheroes (including a Norse god) to combat any foe? Because cool superheroes make good comic books. "The Accidental Hero" really is a comic book; it creates characters with superpowers galore and places with visual appeals. It reminds me of the Skylander game populated with characters that possess different powers and moves, and as many dimensions as the screen they inhabit. They have been created to distract the minds of 10 ...more
Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
Feb 02, 2012 Joy (Cheery♡Reads) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
"...the future is not written. It lies in the choices you make. Our future is ours to decide. Always."

Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation or also known as The Accidental Hero, is a heartwarming and inspiring tale of courage, faith, believing in yourself and many more. This MG book really surprised me.

Wow! I was so inspired by all the encouraging and motivational ideas and messages. It challenges you to stretch your imagination and dream big. You carve out your own future. Who you are now doesn't
Oct 06, 2014 Kristofer rated it it was amazing
Good reads review
The Accidental Hero is a great book for anyone who liked the Harry Potter or the Percy Jackson series would love the Jack Blank Adventures series because basically the base of the story is that Jack Blank who is the main character is an orphan and he doesn't know who he is or where he was born. It is almost the same beginning as harry potter but instead of wizardry it is superpowers and other talents by saying that I am recommending this book to everyone.
Denae Christine
Aug 05, 2011 Denae Christine rated it really liked it
More of a 3.5, because the main character was kind of dumb through part of it. He wants so badly to question this villain, so why does he wait until after he has spent an entire night guarding the villain? Why doesn't he question it then? And he isn't sacrificial. At all. He could give up himself and save everyone, but instead he's content to let them fight for him.
Well, he is twelve, but still.
I am looking forward to the next one. The end of this book set up the next book's conflict pretty well
Apr 08, 2015 0304harrypotter rated it it was amazing
This book, although it has comic origins, is one of the best stories I've ever read. The amount of action-packed, thriller adventure leaves the readers in a trance begging for the next book. The main character, Jack Blank, leaves his orphanage home with a pair of men. He finds himself stuck in a war, and has a large enemy to fight, with him as both sides' secret weapon. Get ready to be amazed at what you thought is impossible, is possible in this book.
Tamara (Tamaraniac)
I still love this book so much, but I will admit that this is the lesser book of the series. There's a lot of action but it's pretty compacted to the end of the book, and the majority of this one is made up of set up. Though entertaining, enjoyable set up. The amount of foreshadowing is pretty amazing... And some of the lines that u know the eventuality of are just CHILLING.
Valerie Craven
Oct 23, 2015 Valerie Craven rated it it was amazing
Great book for the preteen or young teen. I enjoyed reading it as an adult. We used this book as a summer book club pick for 6th - 8th grade homeschoolers. They LOVED it. The author creates a great imaginary world, uses funny plays on words and builds suspense without being gory or terrifying. I HIGHLY recommend this!
Oct 26, 2015 Hadessephy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mg, 2015
Typical mid grade fantasy novel about a boy who knows nothing about who he really is, then with discovery is whisked off to another world.

Cute and occasionally funny, I will give props for the twist ending. Besides that nothing really sets this book apart from the hoards of novels in this genre with similar plots like this.
Nov 24, 2012 Faith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a first novel, this was a well-told story. I've lately been reading more children's books in the hopes to have a treasure trove for my girls when they're big enough. This was engaging and fun and extremely imaginative. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
For those who love comic books and superheroes, this is the book for you. For the rest of us, avoid like the plague!
Mar 22, 2012 Therese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i think its a great book if your looking for a book with not much, but enough action and a book that makes you think.
Michael Perrino
May 04, 2016 Michael Perrino rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it is action packed and it has a true moral/meaning to it which I rarely see in books now.
Jan 08, 2016 Courtnie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF 197 of 450
Carter Brandt
Dec 20, 2016 Carter Brandt rated it it was amazing
My book is The Accidental Hero by Matt Myklusch and the lexile range is 780. The book is about a 10 year old boy named Jack Blank that lives in St. Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten and Lost. Nothing is known about him except for his name Jack When a robo-zombie attacks him though his life turns around. Emissary Jazen Knight comes and tells him he is gonna be going away. They go to a place called Imagine Nation, a place full of super heroes like in comic books. Then everythi ...more
Megan A
Dec 30, 2016 Megan A rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What did I just read. If you are thinking about picking this up, please do yourself a huge favor and don't. There were so many plot holes and confusion that I didn't even know generally what was happening. And don't get me started on the overuse of the word twelve. YES! I GET IT! A lot of shit went down 12 years ago, but that number is so emotionally scarred into my brain that I wouldn't be surprised if I started screaming "Twelve! Twelve! TWELVE!!!" In my nightmared sleep while sprinting away f ...more
Dec 11, 2016 Ricardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Jack Blank and the Imagine by by Matt Myklusch tells the story of a boy trying to find out his past. All Jack Blank knows is his bleak, dreary life at St. Barnaby’s Home. He hids from his bully and just goes in the library and read comic books. He wishes that he could leave St. Barnaby's Home. Then It all Changes. He gets attack by a metal robot called the Rustov. He ends up defeating it and ends up going with a agent and goes to Imagine Nation. Overall, I thought the book was very uniq ...more
Anna Marie
Nov 27, 2016 Anna Marie rated it liked it
I really liked this book when I read it, but I was a kid. It's pretty good and if you know a book-loving eleven through thirteen year old I definitely recommend this book. It has a lot of amazing plot twists and the whole story idea is fascinating.
Jack Blank lives in a dreary orphanage, thinking he is going to grow up and become a toilet brush cleaner. The administrators have done their best to squash the hearts and souls out of every child there, but they do not know that Jack has a secret stash of comic books hidden in the library, lively books which feed his imagination and make him yearn for the hero's life.

Of course, when Jack comes in with the story of a Robo-Zombie attacking him and destroying the orphanage's power generator, his i
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Matt Myklusch is a middle-grade fantasy / adventure writer and the creator of SEABORNE (Lerner Books) and THE JACK BLANK ADVENTURES (Simon & Schuster).

Despite his age, Matt has never grown up. This serves him well both at night, and very early in the morning, when he battles injustice in the form of pirates, super-villains, and robot zombies.

Matt lives in New Jersey with his wife and family,
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