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The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur: USA (Secret Agent Jack Stalwart #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  469 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
In "The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur," Jack zooms to the city that never sleeps to try to solve the mystery of the missing Allosaurus toe. Starting at the Natural History Museum, Jack's detection takes him to a competitive grade-schooler determined to win the science fair with his experiment crossing his own dog with the DNA from the bone of a dangerous, carnivorous ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Weinstein Books (first published June 25th 2004)
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Nov 04, 2010 M. rated it liked it
A good adventure book for young boys. Reading level is probably 3rd grade or so, but younger kids will like it read aloud. Jack Stalwart is a 9-year old secret agent. He's sent to New York City to find the whereabouts of a missing allosaurus bone and ends up having to keep a marauding dinosaur from destroying the city. Jack comes equipped with a special flying skateboard, goo gel, and other high tech gadgets to assist him in the adventure. Best of all, his magic map lets him to do all this and ...more
Jan 24, 2012 Lucy rated it liked it
I read this book with my ten-year old son. It's a simple, exciting adventure story about a school-aged spy that was fun to read. However, as a Brit (we live in the U.S.) I must have a little moan on behalf of Britain- England specifically; my issue, which my son also picked up on, is that the author, who is clearly American, doesn't know how English people talk! On page 2 Jack's mum says to him, "The Book of the Month book club sure does send you quite a few books." I think a little research ...more
Feb 04, 2011 Devan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because it's easy to read and I enjoy mystery books where you have to find out who did something. I recommend this book to people who like mysteries. I think that Jack's magic map is pretty cool. The things Jack has may not be real but they are cool, like an anti-intruder alarm built into his agent watch phone and a power pogo. Jack is in a special program called GPF, the gobal protection force and his brother is an agent just like him. So, Jack goes around the world on ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Marjana rated it it was amazing
I've read it to my son and we both liked it...I'd borowed it in our library and read it in Slovenian language, but only first and second one are translated....I hope that they will translate all the others....

Prebrala sem jo sinu in obema je bila všeč...sposodila sem si jo v naši knjižnici in sicer slovesko izdajo, prevedena je samo še druga knjiga...upam da bodo prevedli še ostale....
May 19, 2011 Kelly added it
This book was entertaining but not very well written. I liked the gadgets the kid used but it wasn't realistic and the characters in the book weren't surprised when the kid pulls out a board that flies or changes into blades for ice. In that sense, it was weird. Oh, and there was a giant dinosaur in the present.
Oct 11, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful series for young boys. It has adventure as well as learning some basic facts about different countries. This would be easy to work into a lead in for social studies. My boys are hooked and can't wait to the next book comes in.
May 12, 2010 Vonnegut rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I'd give one thousand, infinity, infinity, infinity stars. I like it too much. I've already read number 1-5. Well, I'm out of space. I'll see you in the next one I write. Well, I won't see you. I can't see you through the computer.
Jul 15, 2008 Jacob rated it really liked it
I liked this book because the gadgets were out of this world! What I also liked was the dinosaur developing from a dog named Freddie. Jack is my favorite character becasue he is the secret agent working for the Global Protection Force (GPF).
Feb 04, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rebecca-s-books
It was ok because it was achly Freidy (the dog)because tomas
put a dinosaurs leg on him.It was also OK because Jack used
his flyboard,goo tube and lots more.It also had everything
you ought to know about the allosaurus and new york city(utherwise know as the big apele)in usa.
Apr 14, 2009 Ingrid rated it really liked it
Great books for the kid who love spies and detectives! The author has new clever gadgets for the nine year old spy in each book. These have been a big hit in our house!
Aug 05, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: jfic
A great book for kids who have outgrown the Magic Treehouse books and want a little adventure in their lives. Jack is smart, earnest, brave -- and has cool gadgets! What could be better?
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ rated it really liked it
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Jun 18, 2009 Kristin rated it liked it
More secret agent fare for younger readers; info about Natural History Museum and dinosaurs; maybe level O?
May 20, 2011 Benjamin rated it really liked it
awesome book!
just like the others.
Katie Jane
Jul 29, 2011 Katie Jane rated it liked it
Listened to this one. Very impressive dinosaur noises.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Secret agent first chapter series, for early elementary espionage.
Aug 14, 2011 Jackson rated it really liked it
i liked this book a lot and it had a lot of action
Heber Guevara
Sep 25, 2010 Heber Guevara rated it it was amazing
It is really awesome
Devon Flaherty
Aug 12, 2016 Devon Flaherty rated it liked it
I will dare to give the Jack Stalwart series of children’s secret agent books three stars, but only because my eight-year-old son loves exactly two series of books, and this is one of them. If I had found these Elizabeth Singer Hunt books on my own, I would have only made it through the first few pages.

But who can argue with getting my totally uninterested son to read?

I mean, I can say nothing more for the writing and plot and details except that it is mediocre. There is little to no depth. And,
Sep 18, 2016 Theresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale, grade-2-3
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Matan Gavish
Sep 20, 2016 Matan Gavish rated it it was amazing
I loved the books since it was very luring to read. I read it in third grade but I loved it so much because Jack was doing all these cool things so I do recommend it
Jul 01, 2014 Sandy rated it liked it
Jack Stalwart is a nine year old boy who joined the Global Protection Force as a secret agent in order to help fight evil around the world. This is a nice step up from the Magic Tree House books for readers that love the adventure component of those books but need something a little more challenging. Just like Jack and Annie transport to places on missions via their treehouse, Jack teleports through a map when a mission needs accomplished. In this first book, Jack teleports to New York City ...more
Jun 17, 2012 Cat rated it liked it
After being forced persuaded to "borrow" books from the 8 year old I babysit's new personal library, I chose this series (he did a book report on it). I have to say I can see why he loves it - it's got maps, tons of cool gadgets, and exciting secret missions. Plus there's that whole mystery with his older brother.

So far, I can see that the book tries to education/illuminate readers about lots of different things - geographical places, animals, etc. Obviously the premise of the book isn't very re
Jul 24, 2014 Tiffany rated it really liked it
This book was adventurous, full of suspense, with super-hero feel. I loved reading about all of Jack’s gadgets, reminds me of James Bond 007. This book is part of a series. This particular story is about how Jack saves New York city from an allosaurus brought back to life from the toe bone stolen from the American Museum of Natural History. The theme would be staying cool, calm, and collected at all times, especially for Jack. The words of his brother calm him down: A successful secret agent ...more
Feb 01, 2016 Steph rated it liked it
I realllllly wanted to love this series! Here's a few of my issues:

-Why did an American author make her character's home base in Britain? The language and phrasing used doesn't sound British so it's confusing.
-I wish his first adventure had been outside of the U.S.
-Dinosaurs coming to life? My kids are always looking for a cool series where the characters travel all over the world. I would love to recommend this but it becomes very fantastical much too quickly. I love that he's a secret agent an
Feb 15, 2015 Earl rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, mglit, 2015
This has been a breakout hit at our store. A grandmother and her grandson highly recommended it to me.

This is a great choice for reluctant readers. It has adventure and a good mix of text and illustrations. I love telling the parents that there are educational factors as well since each book takes place in a different country. In the beginning of each book, there are mission files- information about the countries and the spy gadgets being used. Also fun is when you flip the pages, there's a runn
Luis Olmeda
Feb 28, 2014 Luis Olmeda rated it really liked it
This book is still pretty cool no matter how many times I read it, and no matter how old I get. Even though its a VERY short book, it still entertains me a lot. I love the fact that a mere child stops a huge dinosaur from destroying New York city, when a grade-schooler crosses the DNA of an Allosaurus toe that was stolen from a museum, with his pet dog Freddie. This book is so cheesy and childish, but I love it. Reading this book always brings back the good memories of when i was a child, and ...more
Jan 11, 2016 Kristen rated it it was ok
Shelves: action, chapter-books
The story here is action-packed, very light on character development and in general strains credulity to the utmost. One thing: a reader has to slog through an inventory of Jack's family, gadgets, and history with the GPF spy agency before the story starts, which really hurts the momentum. I might recommend this book to Jonny Zucker fans, and *maybe* to I Survived fans (though I would tell them to skip through the beginning and go straight to the story).
Jun 30, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it
I read this book with my son for summer reading. I liked the short chapters because it made it a lot easier for him to say, "That was short. Let's read another chapter." There are some "British" words such as mum and trousers that we don't use in the midwest, and that allowed some good conversation. For a kid, the book was exciting and fun. He really enjoyed the book, and he was paraphrasing what he read, so I know his comprehension is coming along much better.
Jul 16, 2014 Erica rated it liked it
This is the beginning book in series all about Jack Stalwart, the 9 year old secret agent. This series is for about late second grade early third.
Jack is called on a mission to New York city, there seems to be a problem at the Museum of Natural History and he's the only one that can crack the case and put things right.
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