Half Upon a Time by James Riley

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Life’s no fairy tale for Jack. After all, his father's been missing ever since that incident with the beanstalk and the giant, and his grandfather keeps pushing him to get out and find a princess to rescue. Who'd want to rescue a snobby, entitled princess anyway? Especially one that falls out of the sky wearing a shirt that says "Punk Princess," and still denies she's royalty. In fact, May doesn't even believe in magic. Yeah, what's that about? May does need help though--a huntsman is chasing her, her grandmother has been kidnapped, and Jack thinks it’s all because of the Wicked Queen . . . mostly because May’s grandmother might just be the long-lost Snow White. Jack and May's thrillingly hilarious adventure combines all the classic stories—fractured as a broken magic mirror—into one epic novel for the ages.

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James Riley lives in Los Angeles. He is the author of Half Upon a Time, Twice Upon a Time, and Once Upon the End.
Published September 7, 2010 by Aladdin. 401 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Opening with a line that captures both context and fabulously sardonic attitude--“Once upon a time, Jack wouldn’t have been caught dead in a princess rescue”--Riley quickly establishes his protagonists: Jack, pragmatic but mopey, waiting for any chance to rescue a princess, and May, sporting blue...

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After the end of the book, I was left hanging because the characters had just begun a new adventure right before the book ended.

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