The Several Lives of Orphan Jack by Sarah EllisThe Several Lives of Orphan Jack by Sarah Ellis

The Several Lives of Orphan Jack

bySarah EllisIllustratorBruno St-Aubin

Paperback | July 26, 2004

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Winner of the Mr. Christie's Book Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award

For young Jack, life is tough at the Opportunities School for Orphans. But Jack is good at staying out of trouble. He has skipped over trouble, danced around trouble, slid under trouble, melted away from trouble, talked his way out of trouble and slipped between two close troubles like a cat through a picket fence.

When Jack turns twelve, he is given the biggest opportunity of all, but suddenly his life is nothing but trouble. Still, he is a clever and resilient boy, and eventually he makes his way into the big world. Jack is rich in ideas, and soon he finds there is a place for an enterprising boy who has whims, concepts, plans, opinions, impressions, notions and fancies to spare.

In the tradition of Natalie Babbitt, Sarah Ellis brings her quirky sense of humor and imagination to bear in this witty, warm fable. Bruno St-Aubin's evocative black-and-white illustrations capture perfectly the dreadful Schoolmaster Bane, the crowlike accountant Mr. Ledger, Lou the skinny bun merchant, and Christabel, the miller's little daughter.

Sarah Ellis is the author of twenty-two books for young readers, including Outside In, The Baby Project and Odd Man Out. She has won the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the IODE Violet Downey Book Award, the Governor General's Award, the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize and the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. Her books h...
Title:The Several Lives of Orphan JackFormat:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 0.25 inPublished:July 26, 2004Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0888996187

ISBN - 13:9780888996183

Appropriate for ages: 7


Editorial Reviews

"[An] agile tale about wanderlust and the power of words. Ellis demonstrates through her creative - and often surprising - use of metaphor that an active imagination and rich vocabulary are a healthy combination." - Horn Book"...there is real strength in Ellis's turns of phrase, use of imagery, and alliteration, and in showing readers the power of words and ideas to liberate the imagination." - School Library Journal"Ellis has created a small gem here, with messages about following your heart tucked into the sentences, phrases, thoughts, and ideas that she seamlessly weaves together." - Booklist, STARRED REVIEW"The playfulness of this picaresque short novel is utterly engaging. Words, words and more words, alliterative pairs of words like villains and volumes, scholars and scoundrels, toffee and tyrants, fall in torrents from the pages..." - Globe and Mail"Told with the outsize zest of a tall tale, this vibrant, well-crafted novel starts strong and gets even better." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW"This special book is filled with often humorous and extraordinarily rich descriptive prose that is always a pleasure to read and full of surprises." - Marya Jansen-Gruber, Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews