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

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Jack Blank is an orphan, abandoned from birth at bleak, dreary swampland St Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost. Covertly reading old comic books is Jack’s only solace, until a real Robo-Zombie attacks and emissary Jazen whisks him to a secret island country "the Imagine Nation". But the super-heroes fear him as a threat.
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
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
Michelle Isenhoff
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
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Krista
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
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Jacqueline
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
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Raenice Weakly
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
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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
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Jo Silver
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
http://www.jackblank.com 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
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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
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Roxane
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
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Seanean
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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.
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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
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0304harrypotter
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.
Kristofer
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.
------kristofer
Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
"...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
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Denae Christine
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
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elaynne
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
Aelvana
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
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Olivia Lee
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
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James
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
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Andrew EVHS Luong
SPOILER ALERT:

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
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Aris
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
Lauren
This book is so well-written that I can hardly believe this is Matt Myklusch's first novel! There are many authors who can't do such a good job even after writing ten books. This book is funny, the characters are very easy to relate to, and even the craziest parts of the story are realistic and believable. The idea is amazing, the plot twists are only a little bit predictable, and the constantly changing story line keeps things moving at a satisfying pace. There are very few boring page-filler s ...more
Kale-abb
Since I really enjoy Science Fiction books, I was really pumped to read this when my older brother finished it. I really enjoyed this book, since there are two other books in the series, I would love to buy them some time soon. I thought the setting in this story was wonderful, and how Jack finds out where he is really from, but the first book doesn't reveal where his parents are, or if there still alive from the First wave of the Rustov attack. I loved the humor in this story, and how the antag ...more
Faith
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.
Sydnee Mcgrath
Jack Blank, a twelve year old boy, lives in an orphanage. He doesn't know what happened to his parents or if they are still alive. He is an outcast there and his only friends are his ancient comic books that he found in the library. One day, Jack is suddenly attacked by a scary robot zombie and is later on rescued from the orphanage by Jazen Knight from imagine nation. He is told he will be taken to a different orphanage, but little does he know, he will be taken to the secret island of imagine ...more
Tricia
THE ACCIDENTAL HERO BY: MATT MYKLUSCH
The Accidental Hero was, I think, one of those fun books for any age! It is geared towards middle grade age, but I had no problem getting interested and staying such throughout the whole story. Actually I found a couple of the references, in particular the thoughtful pokes at standardized testing and whatnot, to be rather sophisticated.

I enjoyed the non stop action, and really liked watching the characters develop from beginning to end. I really dug the wh
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Fydra
I have to admit, the summary for this book really had me interested. I had to read it ASAP. The chapter I found a little, tiny bit boring. I thought Iit was going to be like something i would alread know and have the whole book be like that. I WAS WRONG. After that, I surprised at what was going on and liked every page of it. I couldn't put the book down except for a few times. I think it took me a day or so to finish it because I loved it. It was a pleasure to read this and hope the author migh ...more
Bayla
Buzzwords: Heroism, superpowers, fitting in, friendship, choices, magic

This whimsically, pun-filled, and silly book was a little over the top, though fun and thought provoking at times. I loved the emphasis on choices in heroism -

"A real hero just wants to make a difference in the world. He gets out of bed in the morning and tries to make the world a better place, that's all" (p.111)

"Heroes view the future as full of possibility and opportunity,...Thy see the good in the world. They believe not
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pati
For those who love comic books and superheroes, this is the book for you. For the rest of us, avoid like the plague!
Therese
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.
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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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Jack Blank Adventure (3 books)
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  • The End of Infinity (Jack Blank Adventure, #3)
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