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Super Jake & the King of Chaos

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  59 reviews
A debut contemporary novel about 11-year-old aspiring magician Ethan, who discovers that heroes come in all sizes, and real magic can be found in the most unexpected places.

When life revolves around stressed-out parents and ER visits for his special needs little brother Jake, eleven-year-old Ethan escapes to a world of top hats, trick decks, and magic wands. When he hears
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Running Press Kids
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Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Ethan has spent countless hours perfecting his magic act. Of course, that’s when he’s not focused on his little brother with special needs, Jake, and his constant hospital visits. His practice pays off when he gets the chance to enter a magic competition in Atlantic City, with the grand prize of meeting his idol, Magnus the Magnificent. But when Jake becomes seriously ill, Ethan searches for any trick that might help him.

There’s no better character to tell this story than Ethan. Funny, determine
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, 2019
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I defy you to read it without laughing, crying, or cry-laughing. This is an absolute must-read. Warm, funny, relatable, and heartfelt with unforgettable characters that you will want to take home with you. On top of that, it's beautifully written and will have you turning pages quickly to find out what happens. ...more
Jess Redman
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SUPER JAKE & THE KING OF CHAOS is a wonderful story that will have you laughing and crying and laughing and crying. Ethan, an 11-year-old magician, is the humorous and tender-hearted narrator of the story. He has a first-grade brother, Freddy, full of energy and fun, and a sweet 2-year-old brother Jake. Due to brain damage, Jake is unable to speak or sit or reach out, and he requires a lot of the boys' parents' attention. Ethan loves his brothers, but he wishes sometimes that his magic was real. ...more
Lorie Barber
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-fiction
Devoured this one, laughing, crying, and cheering throughout. Every kid needs to read this story to help them see what really defines a hero. Excellent in every way. Thank you to the author and to Hatchette Book Group for sharing this wonderful work with my #bookexpedition reading group.
Rajani LaRocca
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This hilarious and heartwarming novel is about Ethan, an 11-year-old magician who wants to win a contest and meet his idol, Magnus the Magnificent. But life isn't always straightforward for Ethan. He has to deal with his little brother Freddy wanting to be part of his act, a bully at school, and the needs of his baby brother Jake, who was born with brain damage and needs special care from family members and health care workers. During the story, Ethan discovers what he really wants the most and ...more
Justin Olson
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a touching and heartwarming MG novel. I love Ethan, the main character, and his humor and heart. The family dynamics are so loving, and Jake's journey is a tearjerker! If you're looking for a good, wholesome – and, yes, again, heartwarming – story, then get yourself a copy of Super Jake & The King of Chaos! ...more
Veronica Bartles
Make sure to read it with a box of tissues!

It's not often that a book can make me both laugh and cry at the same time, but this one did it! Ethan was funny and sincere, but not sappy or unrealistic. My heart ached for him as he tried to be the strong big brother, holding it all together with a brave face while he worried that everything might fall apart. "... every once in a while, if you're fortunate, you get to be a part of real magic." Super Jake is absolutely magical!
Nicole Melleby
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the perfect balance between heartwarming, uplifting, and heavy, which is a perfect mix for its middle grade audience. Ethan and his family will stick with me for a while.
Jennifer Camiccia
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this heartwarming story so much!!! Ethan’s devotion and love for his brothers just melted my heart. The whole family was incredible and were so easy to root for.I felt so many varied emotions from sentence to sentence and I was so sad to finish. I wanted to read more about this wonderful family and their connection to each other. Highly recommend!!!!
Gail Shepherd
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Naomi Milliner's debut novel is based on her own family, and the authenticity of her experience shines from every page. Eleven-year-old Ethan yearns to perform magic tricks and meet his hero Magnus the Magnificent, but family life is complicated: He has an adoring first grade brother Freddy and a baby brother, Jake, who is brain damaged and can't speak or move much. Jake requires nearly round the clock care, along with a small army of therapists and helpers, and a big chunk of the parental atten ...more
Remy Lai
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book will give you the feels. I love the dynamics between the brothers, and young readers will definitely enjoy all the magic tricks, too!
Cory Leonardo
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super Jake & the King of Chaos is a giant hug and a smile, in book form. I absolutely fell in love with Naomi Milliner's caring and committed Ethan, sweet Jake, their tight-knit family, and this perfect MG story. Reminiscent of Wonder, and brimming with hope and heart, the next time you meet a magician, tell him to forget the rabbit and pull THIS BOOK out of his hat. It's magic. (Thought the magic tricks at the end were a fantastic addition!) ...more
Kim Long
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was awesome. Like, really really awesome. The main character is Ethan, a kid magician, who performs his act at kid parties and the like. He wants to enter a junior magicial contest where the winner meets a famous magician who happens to be his hero, but life gets in the way. Between earning money to pay for the trip, keeping up his grades, and, most importantly, helping care for his little brother (Jake) who has suffered from some developmental issues since birth, Ethan has got his hands fu ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
This is a truly magical story about an eleven-year-old boy named Ethan who is quite the budding magician. Ethan performs for birthday parties and practices his act every chance he gets, even when he probably should be working on homework or helping with his brother.

Ethan learns of a magic festival where he could enter a junior magician contest with the winner getting to meet Magnus the Magnificent his idol! He is beyond excited, he just has to convince his family.

Ethan’s youngest brother Jake ha
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Happy Book Share Saturday! This brand new book from Running Press Books was a joy to read.

Ethan is the oldest of three boys. His youngest brother, Jake, has special needs and his health and care is a focus for the family.

Ethan is obsessed with magic and gets the opportunity to compete in a magic competition. The Grand Prize? To meet his hero, Magnus the Magnificent. Ethan trains and overcomes a lot of triumphs, including an extended hospital stay f
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ethan the oldest in a family of three boys, already has his life planned out. He's going to be a famous magician just like his hero Magnus the Magnificent. He's already performing magic shows at birthday parties, and the kids love him. Ethan does have a huge goal. He wants to perform at a junior magic competition, with the possibility of meeting the famous Magnus, if he wins the competition. For Ethan, this is a lot to ask of his parents. His youngest brother, Jake whose only about two is extrem ...more
Teresa Grabs
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Milliner’s tale of Ethan, an 11-year-old magician, and his brothers, Jake and Freddy, is a page-turner from the very beginning. Ethan took up magic after his youngest brother, Jake, suffered complications when he was born. Ethan wants nothing more than to meet his favorite magician in Atlantic City, but that means having to bring his grades up, help around the house, and earn two-thirds of the money himself. Selling his services at birthday services helps earn money, he likes helping Jake and re ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super Jake & The King Of Chaos,
By Naomi Milliner

Eleven–year-old Ethan loves magic and dreams of going to a magic competition to meet his idol. Fiercely protective of his severely brain damaged little brother, Jake, Ethan does everything he can to make him smile, and hopes for the day he might actually hear a laugh.
But when a bully goes after Ethan’s little brother, Ethan has to choose between keeping the peace to attend the magic show, or standing up for his brother which might lose him the chan
Kirsti Call
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

"I am stone, like Merlin.
I am trapped, like Jake.
There are so many things he'll probably never do, but he smiles anyway--even all those times I let him down and don't stretch him. Even when I said I did...but I didn't."

Just. Wow. This beautifully written debut novel by Naomi Milliner is hilarious yet heartwarming. Milliner expertly writes the feelings of an 11 year old boy in an engaging and authentic way. Ethan's lo
Joshua Levy
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I admit: I read SUPER JAKE & THE KING OF CHAOS a little while ago (not always easy to find the time to review). But it's stuck with me: The emotion; the humor; the spot-on middle-grade voice. Eleven-year-old Ethan wants to throw himself into his great love--magic. He works gigs at birthday parties and aspires to meet one of his magician heroes. But Ethan's life is complicated, in no small measure due to the care provided to his little brother, Jake, who needs round-the-clock special needs attent ...more
Dr. Chaim
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In my view, this book is eminently worth reading. Although it is classified as a book for middle school aged children, I personally found it to be charming and meaningful for all age groups. For a grownup such as myself, it provides a special journey into the past, into the childhood years, with both their highs and lows.
The book is filled with heroes. Of course, there is little Jake, born with severe disabilities, but whose bright spirit is apparent to all. There are also his big brothers, Eth
Katie Reilley
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to the author and Running Press Books for sharing a copy of this amazing book with our #bookexpedition group!

Ethan loves magic. He performs at local birthday parties and works hard at perfecting his craft. But no about of magic can help his youngest brother Jake, who was born with a neurological disorder that doesn’t allow Jake to talk or move on his own. When Jake gets very sick, Ethan searches for the magic that will help his brother pull through.

Not only is this a terrific
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to get my hands on an advance reader's copy of this novel and I'm so thrilled I did! Super Jake and the King of Chaos is a heartwarming story about family, courage, and pursuing your dreams, even in the face of hardship. One of the most brilliant aspects of this novel is that the author gives readers an honest look into life with a young sibling who has brain damage. There's no sugar coating or glossing over--but in the end this creates a sense of love that is powerful and real. Etha ...more
Brian Weisfeld
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the GREAT pleasure of reading the ARC of Super Jake and The King Of Chaos. I am so thankful to Naomi Milliner for sharing this gripping, funny, touching story. My family probably doesn’t appreciate the book as much as I do because I was a fairly neglectful parent while reading the book. My kids got so tired of hearing “let me just finish this chapter” that my 11 year old picked up the book after I did to see what the fuss was all about. She said about the book “It was so suspenseful and me ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Naomi Milliner's middle-grade debut, SUPER JAKE & THE KING OF CHAOS, we meet 11-year-old Ethan, a wannabe magician and big brother to five-year-old Freddy and to special-needs baby of the family, Jake. Jake, whose frequent ER visits put an emotional strain on Ethan's parents - and on Ethan, who adores his baby brother and would pull out every magic trick in the book to see him thrive - is the heart and soul of this beautifully told, heartstrings-tugging story. Filled with hope and humor, Mill ...more
Shauna Holyoak
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a beautiful story about a budding magician who learns where to find true magic. With touching family relationships, heart-wrenching challenges, and a good-hearted MC, this is a book you shouldn't miss! Based on her own family experiences, Naomi Milliner's debut is sure to become a classic. Kids and adults alike are certain to love this touching story. ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ethan, 11 year old Magician Extraordinaire, finds escape in magic. Then he finds the truth about real magic is that love and family are the most magical of all. Take this journey with him, please. Accompany him as he discovers a hero in an unexpected place. #NetGalley
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I love debut novels! This book was wonderful! Encouraging and uplifting! Perfect for the targeted audience and hits on a "Special" subject! Enjoyed everything about this book! Highly recommended read! Thank you netgalley for the free arc in exchange for an honest review! ...more
Nikki Barthelmess
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super Jake & the King of Chaos is a heartwarming MG contemporary novel full of magic and fun. Ethan was a relatable main character, who I couldn't help but root for. There are great lessons in this book, about family and about empathy, and it was a great read! ...more
Theresa Grissom
I absolutely loved this book. I read a review that compared it to Wonder. I do get that same feel. Great characters... Ethan, Jake and Freddy are heroes and wonderful brothers. I am ordering multiple copies for my elementary library. This book has it all.
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Naomi’s love of literature led her to an English degree at the University of Maryland; her love of cinema led her to the University of Southern California, where she earned an MFA in Screenwriting. After ten years in Hollywood, her fear of earthquakes (especially hiding under a kitchen table with her baby) led her back to Maryland, where she happily resides with her husband and sons Jeremy and Jes ...more

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