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Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale
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Oct 25, 2010

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bookshelves: kids-9-12
Read in August, 2010

I was bummed that I liked this so much less than Rapunzel's Revenge, its prequel. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the steampunk-y visuals, but found the narrative a little jumbled and hard to get into and the characters far less enticing than in the first book. (For what it's worth, the actual demo -- Josie, age 8 when she read it -- sez the same.) But if your kid hasn't read Rapunzel's Revenge, HIE THYSELF to the bookstore or library. Funny, feminist and I bet appealing to boys as well as girls. I'm annoyed that the forthcoming Disney version of Rapunzel (which purportedly puts the boy rescuer front and center, despite the misleading promos indicating that it's the girl's story with the boy as comic relief backup) seems to have ripped off the hair-as-lasso/weapon/bullwhip notion from the Hale crew.
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