Jackaroo

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"False, they were all of them false, the stories; as false as the stories of fairies dancing in moonlight glades on Midsummer Night."
But they served a purpose. In a distant time and far-off kingdom, life is hard. People don't have enough to eat, and winter is upon them. There's little that offers hope, and many turn to the legends of Jackaroo — the masked outlaw hero who rides at night giving aid to the helpless and coin to the destitute — for solace. But Gwyn, the Innkeeper's ...

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"False, they were all of them false, the stories; as false as the stories of fairies dancing in moonlight glades on Midsummer Night."
But they served a purpose. In a distant time and far-off kingdom, life is hard. People don't have enough to eat, and winter is upon them. There's little that offers hope, and many turn to the legends of Jackaroo — the masked outlaw hero who rides at night giving aid to the helpless and coin to the destitute — for solace. But Gwyn, the Innkeeper's daughter — sensitive, industrious, and independent — is too practical to believe such tales.
But when a snowstorm forces her and a young Lordling to seek refuge in an abandoned house, Gwyn wonders if perhaps she has been too cynical. Hidden away in an old forgotten cupboard, Gwyn discovers a package — a cloak, a mask, a sword....Jackaroo? Could the stories be true?
It takes a shock and a devastating betrayal for Gwyn to begin to understand what — and who — Jackaroo really is. And she comes to know what part she will play in discovering the truth, such as it may be, behind the legends.

When hard times among the People revive the old stories of the hero Jackaroo, an innkeeper's daughter follows her own quest to unlock the secret reality behind the legend.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Previously available in a Fawcett edition, this sweeping historical adventure/romance is the first volume of the Kingdom cycle, which also includes On Fortune's Wheel and The Wings of a Falcon. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up An intense and elegantly written historical adventure-romance set in ``a distant time and far-off place.'' Gwyn, the high-spirited daughter of the innkeeper, finds a disguise she believes to be that of the legendary Jackaroo, a figure whose actions resemble those of Robin Hood. Gwyn decides to use Jackaroo's disguise to help those less fortunate than she. But readers soon learn that there are several other individuals who masquerade as Jackaroo, each for his own selfish or unselfish reasons. Jackaroo will stimulate the imagination and make readers marvel at Voigt's creative genius. She presents a carefully designed, mystery-filled plot which once again illustrates her abilities as a master storyteller. Characters are somewhat reluctant to reveal themselvesbut this is a most appropriate style for a tale of dangerous and uncertain times. Jackaroo will cause readers to pause and consider the process of legend making and the changes that take place in the retellings of legendary deeds. Karen P. Smith, Yonkers Board of Education, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689864353
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Cynthia Voigt's Kingdom Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 279,587
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 3.90 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song, the Newbery Honor Award for A Solitary Blue, and the National Book Award Honor for Homecoming, all part of the beloved Tillerman cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Best Book I've Read In a While

    Kameron Hall Jackaroo 358 pages The main theme of the book is about a girl that is about ready to marry and she tries to be "Jackaroo," a character that resembles "Robin Hood," and has difficulties along the way. Jackaroo is a great book and Cynthia Voigt is a great author. I've only read this book by Cynthia and she gives great description of details of everything like the setting and people's descriptions. On page thirty through thirty-one in Jackaroo says- "At last Gwyn saw through the veil of snow the dark shape royalty. In part one the setting is very snowy and it is in the winter while in part two it is partly snowy and is in the start of spring, and they are both in mountainous areas. Like I've said there are plenty of details and everything is life-like. Gwyn is the main character and is very strong, healthy, and smart

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Best Book I've Read In a While

    Kameron Hall
    Jackaroo
    358 pages
    The main theme of the book is about a girl that is about ready to marry and she tries to be "Jackaroo," a character that resembles "Robin Hood," and has difficulties along the way. Jackaroo is a great book and Cynthia Voigt is a great author. I've only read this book by Cynthia and she gives great description of details of everything like the setting and people's descriptions. On page thirty through thirty-one in Jackaroo says- "At last Gwyn saw through the veil of snow the dark shape royalty. In part one the setting is very snowy and it is in the winter while in part two it is partly snowy and is in the start of spring, and they are both in mountainous areas. Like I've said there are plenty of details and everything is life-like. Gwyn is the main character and is very strong, healthy, and smart

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    "Jackaroo" book review

    "Jacckaroo" By Cynthia Voigt is a exciting action Novel set in a old kingdom far away
    Form here. At the being a young girl set out to return a ring she find. In the middle of the storey
    She went into small village to look the ring's owner. But find a odd man intended the odd man
    Said that he would to the ring to its owner.

    When she gets home her mother asked were she was and had a talk with her.
    Even if she don't say anything she sill got in trouble. She thought it was if did not tell.
    I would tell what I was up to. Why don't you read "Jackaroo" and see for your self.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2007

    don't judge a book by it's cover

    you think it's your typical Robin Hood, but it's better. the ending surprises, the flow of it is good, in no real rush. i love how it pictures that lifestyle real well. i especially love when gwyn get's stuck with the boy in the blizzard and how their relationship grows. read it

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

    I believe Jackaroo is a nicely written book by Cynthia Voigt. I

    I believe Jackaroo is a nicely written book by Cynthia Voigt. I really enjoyed this book, although it is not a book for everyone. I like this book because it includes exciting adventures, romance, and history. Those three things really made the book stand out for me. Gwyn, the main character, is the Innkeeper’s daughter. She is a thoughtful person who helps the less fortunate.
    Gwyn finds a disguise that supposedly belonged to the legendary Jackaroo (a mysterious highway man). He was a generous and mysterious person who acts like Robin Hood. The weather became worse which led up to a blizzard that eventually leads her to find Jackaroo’s things in an old cupboard. She kept them and became known as Jackaroo. I liked this surprise because she basically had been Jackaroo. All that she was missing was the sword, a cape, and his mask.
    I would recommend this book to middle school students and up because of the level of reading and understanding of the book. I personally liked the book for how interesting it was for me and the complexity of it. It really reaches to people like me, who like adventurous stories such as this one. I would definitely recommend it for a middle school teacher for their class.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    wow...

    it starts slow, and you feel as though you perhaps you're reading a story that's been started in a previous book. but right away you become engrossed. the lifestyle, whether accurate or not to the time, is facinating to read about. the characters, all of them, are easy to relate to. you find yourself walking side by side with gwyn, living everything along with her. burl is amazing in his own quiet, distant way. the time gwyn spends stuck in the small house is the turning point in the story, especially after the lords attack. by the time you're reaing the last pages, things begin to fall into place and all you can do is hope for a secnd book, because you know this isn't it for these characters...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    Pretty good

    I love stuff like this, like Robin Hood. Jackaroo also gives to the poor. It is a book you want to read if you like a lot of adventure with a little tidbit of romance. It is a little confusing at the end though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2004

    A Pretty Good Read

    Jackaroo is the Kingdoms version of Robin Hood although the story mostly focuses on Gwyn the Innkeepers daughter. All in all, I thought it was a good book. It was a little slow in the beginning, and I found that I was somewhat confused towards the end, but generally, it had a good storyline and was quite entertaining. Anyone who likes stories about strong girls should read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2003

    a very big dissapointment

    At first, it was great, but then the whole story turns. I thought there would be much more danger and romance and adventure but no. the ending was not good, and as the plot evolved, the the story got worse and worse. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME READING IT!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2002

    Didn't really like it

    I had to read this in school, and maybe it was just one of the books that would be good if you weren't forced to read it and pick it apart, but my advice to any English teacher would be to not force their students to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2001

    Reluctant Readers Watch Out

    Ms. Voigt is awesome. I bought 3 copies of Wings of a Falcon at a used bookstore. My 9th graders cannot keep from reading the book. Furthermore, they made me order Jackroo and On Fortune's Wheel because they love the writing, characters, etc. A fabulous storyline.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2001

    A book to read at least once a year

    This book started me reading Cynthia Voigt. I love her complex characters and style of writing that works for children and adults alike. This ¿Robin hood¿ tale of love and adventure will draw you in form the first page and keep you going until the last book of the series, Elske.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    My First, But Not Last Cynthia Voigt Book

    'Jackaroo' was such true Adventure-Romance. I had been expecting one thing from 'Jackaroo', and got something so different and so much better! Cynthia Voigt has the talent to weave you into her story and make you feel apart of the characters in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    Really Cool....

    Jackaroo is an awesome book to read...especially if you like to read fiction stories from hundreds of years ago! It's about a young girl who struggles with her desire to become more than she is.. to find true love and to help people, by becoming the legendary 'Jackaroo.' In the end, she finds more adventure and love than she ever could have expected...If you enjoyed 'On Fortunes Wheel' I would read this book! Cynthia Voigt is very convincing w/ her stories and this is something you do not want to miss!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2000

    WOW!!!

    I loved it, and if you like romance or action books you will love it to.e-mail me and tell me what you think!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2000

    Truely a Wonderful Book

    This book is truley a wonderful book. It is full of many adventures that Gywen goes through, including becoming Jackaroo herself. Don't think I gave it away because there's a lot more to this story then you think. I recommend this book to 7th graders and above, because the one's younger then that couldn't truely appreciate the happenings in this story. This book tells the story of a 16 year old girl, named Gywen, who is the Inkeeper's Daughter. This tale is of both adventure and romance and I hope if you decide to read this book, you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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