Spring-Heeled Jack by Philip Pullman

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Spring-Heeled Jack: The name evoked awe from both criminals and upstanding citizens alike. Some thought he was the devil, but he was actually the original superhero—leaping over the buildings of Victorian England with the help of springs in the heels of his shoes.

The story begins as three young innocents escape their orphanage one dark and stormy night. As they make their way through the treacherous streets of London danger lurks, for hiding in the shadows is Mack the
Knife, the most villainous of villains. Enter
Spring-Heeled Jack, the springiest of heroes. But will Jack’s powers be enough to save
the orphans?

Originally published in paperback, Spring-Heeled Jack is back—now as a hardcover with eye-catching new jacket art.

About Philip Pullman

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Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on October 19, 1946. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English. He taught at various Oxford middle schools and at Westminster College for eight years. He is the author of many acclaimed novels, plays, and picture books for readers of all ages. His first book, Count Karlstein, was published in 1982. Since then, he has written over twenty books including The Firework-Maker's Daughter; I Was a Rat!; Clockwork or All Wound Up; and The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. He is also the author of the Sally Lockhart series and the His Dark Materials Trilogy. He has received numerous awards including the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Fiction Award for Northern Lights (The Golden Compass), the Whitbread Book of the Year Award for The Amber Spyglass, the Eleanor Farjeon Award for children's literature in 2002, and the Astrid Lindgren Award in 2005.
Published July 2, 1991 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 112 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, War, Westerns. Fiction

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Combining dialogue set in cartoon sequences with a substantial, action- packed text that manages to be easily accessible while parodying the likes of Dickens and throwing in some fat, euphonious vocabulary (``defenestrated''), he tells an entertaining story of three young siblings escaping from M...

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"Part narrative, part comic strip, this waggish, innovative story of a courageous trio is sure to engage even the most reluctant reader," wrote PW .

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by David Mostyn, tracks the Victorian hero's attempts to save three orphans alone on the streets of London.

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The panels contain pen drawings that helpfully put faces on many of secondary characters that are introduced: Jack’s friend Polly, Polly’s beau Jim Bowling who works on the ship heading to America, The kids’ long-lost father (no spoiler – he’s introduced within the first twenty pages), Ms.

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