Emily and Jackson Hiding Out

Emily and Jackson Hiding Out

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by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
     
 

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Due to demand for a companion story to the popular Emily's Fortune, Newbery Award winner Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written another rootin' tootin' Wild West escapade that once again includes plucky orphans Emily and Jackson, dastardly villains, and comical cliffhangers.

Emily Wiggins is thrilled that she and her orphan friend Jackson have escaped the

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Due to demand for a companion story to the popular Emily's Fortune, Newbery Award winner Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written another rootin' tootin' Wild West escapade that once again includes plucky orphans Emily and Jackson, dastardly villains, and comical cliffhangers.

Emily Wiggins is thrilled that she and her orphan friend Jackson have escaped the clutches of the Child-Catching Services and Emily's villainous uncle Victor. Emily and Jackson are now living happily with her loving aunt Hilda. But just a mighty mouth minute! Someone's snooping around for an orphan child on the run! He knows Jackson is hiding nearby and aims to get a reward for snatching him and sending him to work at a mill. What in leapin' livers should Jackson do? And Emily can't rest easy either, since some sort of creature is coming to their gate when Jackson and Emily are home alone. What in simmering succotash is that moving pile of dirt? Is it a heap of black rags, is it a dusty tumbleweed, no it's . . .

Now what in shaking shivers will happen next?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Avee Gee
Now that Emily Wiggins and her orphan friend Jackson have found a safe home with Aunt Hilda, will life be simple and uneventful? Not for a minute! Beloved Newberry award-winning author Naylor provides a fun-filled companion to her earlier book Emily's Fortune. With non-stop hilarious adventures, you can just imagine what disaster awaits when Jackson comes back from the barn with hay in his hair, two eggs in one hands and two eggs in another, and a fifth egg tucked carefully under his chin. But Jackson's Dennis the Menace-like blunders are just the beginning of their troubles. Before Aunt Hilda can secure Jackson's adoption papers, he must hide from the Catchum Child-Catching Services who threaten to snatch Jackson and send him to a labor mill. But there is also a mysterious visitor who turns out to be evil Uncle Victor scheming to steal Emily's fortune. How can Emily and Jackson get out of this mess? "Who in rushin' rapids knows what might happen next?" In this fast-paced ride through the Wild West of 19th century America anything can happen. Emily, Jackson, and Aunt Hilda are powerful characters and no match for the evil Uncle Victor and the Child Catchers. This fabulous classroom read-aloud, filled with tongue-twisting exclamations, it fits in nicely with language arts curriculum and could be used as exemplar writing focused on setting, characters, pacing, and suspenseful writing techniques. Akin to Lemony Snicket's quirky cast of characters, Naylor creates a wonderful set of fresh voices with less darkness and more lighthearted fun for grades 3 to 5 reading levels. Reviewer: Avee Gee
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Fans of Emily's Fortune (Delacorte, 2010) will enjoy this lively sequel. Picking up exactly where the first book left off, Emily (recently orphaned) and her friend Jackson arrive safely at her aunt 's farm, relieved to have escaped her evil uncle Victor who was intent on kidnapping her for her inherited fortune. Just as they settle in, they learn that the nefarious Catchum Child-Catching Service (that collects a bounty for each child caught) is hot on the trail of Jackson, himself an orphan. Aunt Hilda is a loving and protective child advocate, intent on adopting them both. However, when she goes to town without them one day and a mysterious old widow cloaked in black appears asking for money, trouble ensues. Emily and Jackson have to use their wits to elude immediate danger. Fast-paced chapters end with twangy cliff-hanger questions like, "What in a duck's dimple do you think happened next?" Collins's charming black-and-white illustrations round out the regional flavor of this rollicking tale, which would be good for reluctant readers or those simply in the mood for an old-fashioned adventure story set in the Wild West.—Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Emily and Jackson try to escape the baddies in this never-too-serious comedy-drama. Back in the 19th century, Emily and her friend Jackson live happily with Aunt Hilda on her farm somewhere in the West. However, dangers from the previous book (Emily's Fortune, 2010) still lurk, and amid play, pranks and chores, readers know that danger will return. The $10 million Emily has inherited doesn't affect their lives much because they're already happy, but it sure attracts bad guys! The two orphans still must escape the dastardly child catchers who want to take Jackson to work in a mill. Then someone suspicious shows up when Aunt Hilda goes away to town, and the two friends find themselves kidnapped. Oh no! How will clever Jackson, not to mention their intrepid dog, Spook, find a way to escape and save Emily? As before, Naylor stuffs her short chapters with fun, ending each with an alliterative phrase, always in huge typeface that takes up half the page, such as "And what in gigglin' goblins do you think they saw?" It's a wonderful device to keep children laughing and reading. The suspense is never too threatening and always has a bit of humor involved, yet it's still scary enough to keep readers turning pages. The author makes the resolution delightful and easy, while Emily and Jackson keep readers smiling. The whimsical line drawings by Collins greatly add to the sweet atmosphere. Spunky! (Historical fiction. 9-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375989780
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Meet the Author

PHYLLIS REYNOLDS NAYLOR was delighted to create another rollicking Wild West adventure. She says she's never experienced as much excitement as her character Emily Wiggins.

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Emily and Jackson Hiding Out 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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My brother loves this book
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