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Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation (Jack Blank Adventure #1)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  4,608 Ratings  ·  290 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
Hardcover, 1st Edtion, 480 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Aladdin (first published July 17th 2010)
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Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Jul 23, 2012 Erik This Kid Reviews Books rated it it was amazing
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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.
Jan 22, 2016 C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jo Silver
Apr 19, 2015 Jo Silver rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Sep 20, 2010 Seanean rated it it was amazing

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
Apr 08, 2015 0304harrypotter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 06, 2014 Kristofer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
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!
Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
Feb 02, 2012 Joy (Cheery♡Reads) rated it it was amazing
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
Michael Perrino
May 04, 2016 Michael Perrino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Denae Christine
Aug 05, 2011 Denae Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 11, 2016 Easton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really know anything about this book. I started reading it and I realized it was about mythological superheroes and comic books. I have really like the Percy Jackson series so I decided to continue on with reading The Accidental Hero by Matt Myklusch. The book started off kinda slow and boring but once it got into the action it kept me hooked.

I really like mythological type books so I like this book too. If I read any comics books I would have probably liked this book a whole lot better
Elliot Vironda
Nov 16, 2015 Elliot Vironda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Review On Jack Blank

In the book Accidental Hero there is a kid named Jack blank and his is a orfeon at the St. Barnaby's home for the hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and lost. capitalized? Everyone hated him at this orphanage and he would always get into trouble. All the teachers and the kids hated him and made him do all the work and chores. Every time he gets emotional really weird things happen around him. Until one day some random thing attacks him and jack was saved by a person and wa
Jayden Palarz
Nov 16, 2015 Jayden Palarz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack blank was the main character in the accidental hero was a 12 year old boy with no information on his past. Jacks days up until the Imagine nation started with him being an orphan and being bullied at his local school. He was taken from his normal life and put into a super city called the imagine nation. Jack was suspected to be a rustov spy because of circle man smart telling the city so. he has to push through what everyone thinks of him well learning his powers. with all of his problems J ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 23, 2015 elaynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I previewed this series ahead of the sprog so that I would know the story line. In doing so, I found myself thoroughly entertained and rooting for the young hero, Jack Blank. I read some reviews about this series that indicated that the books needed more "Imagine-Nation" but I think those negative reviews were written by adults who forgot that they were written for young readers (not young adults). I think that the sprog (who is 10.5 years old and has a creative mind) will thoroughly enjoy this ...more
Dec 30, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it
Jack Blank is a nobody. He's an orphan with no idea of who his parents are, or even what his last name might actually be. But his life takes a turn for the interesting when an Emissary of Imagine Nation picks him up. Imagine Nation brims with every kind of superhero (and sometimes villain), tech straight out of comic books, and, lately, fear of alien invaders who are determined to overrun the world. And Jack may be the best---or worst---thing to happen to the city.

It's amazing how a story about
Olivia Lee
Nov 14, 2014 Olivia Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Accidental Hero introduces a 12-year-old boy named Jack Blank. Blank is his last name because he had never known it. He grows up as an orphan at St. Barnaby's home for hopeless, abandoned, forgotten, and lost. Fortunately, he will not be lost for very much longer.
Jack grows up with comic books he hides as his only escape from the world. They are his friends amidst the dreary life at St. Barnaby's. He is soon whisked away to the Imagine Nation where the superheroes in his comic books are rea
Dec 01, 2014 James rated it really liked it
Jack Blank and the Imagine nation, by Mtt Myklusch was an intersting book. This book is not factual, and takes place with many superheroes. A boy named Jack Blank, is rescued from St. Barnaby's home for the hopeless abandoned forgotten and lost, how he got there is up to you to find out later in the book. I liked reading this book, because Jack would usually reach a crossrodad of choices, and ended up making everything good( mostly).

I rate this book a four, because i liked it but didn't comple
Andrew EVHS Luong

I think this book was a classic, just like the Harry Potter books, it's a story about a boy... becoming a hero!!! (hah, oops, spoilers!) I also think that this author can be, and should be, considered as the best author in the world, better than Stephen King, like who is that guy anyways?! The story was really clear, I could relate to all the scenarios, and not to mention the GREAT plot twist in the end (OOPS SPOILERS AGAIN! HAHA) The Accidental Hero is a must-read book varying fro
Jul 24, 2015 Aris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Accidental Hero meant to be a casual time consumer for me, just another random book I plucked out of the sea of covers while browsing through books online, but it became a much more action-packed and interesting read than I thought it would. The world where superheroes were real concept was fine and like a million other books, and robo-zombies sounded downright corny. Then, as the plot progressed, the hidden city where all the special people lived (it’s not just superheroes) turned into a co ...more
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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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