by J.C. Whyte

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BN ID: 2940016766171
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Publication date: 06/07/2013
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

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Karmack 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Sully is the "Big Cheese" of the 5th grade and the greatest bully of his trio of elementary school thugs. But he and his hoodlum buddies have finally tipped the karmic scale and Sully comes face to face with karma incarnate when Karmack, a whimsical and lovable little character, appears on the scene to set things straight. Now whenever Sully or his cohorts bully it comes back to them in full karmic force. When Karmack reveals that doom awaits Sully and his friends if they do not stop bullying, things begin to take an interesting turn at Higgins Elementary School. Karmack is a captivating pre-teen fantasy and author J.C. Whyte has created a strong cast of characters that are well developed and quite likable. As the story progresses, the suspense builds to a delightful outcome that is sure to keep readers anticipating Whyte's next round of literary treasures. We look forward to seeing more from this author.
wiseowlMN More than 1 year ago
A fun read with important lessons for us all about Karma, and why bullies have more to balance than most people. Great for ages 9 up, child centered, non-preachy, action packed, great classroom read aloud.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Karmack by J.C. Whyte is about Karmack, an enigmatic creature that enters the lives of three kids at Higgins Elementary. Only Sully, the leader of the gang, can see this creature and it is his idea to name it Karmack. Sully finds out that Karmack's job is to create a balance for all the pranks these bullies have played over the years. He even warns them that if he is not able to balance the pranks then they will be met with doom. Sully has to save himself and his friends. The story is enjoyable. The presence of a strange creature makes the story even more exciting for kids. And how would kids feel if every time they bullied someone or played a prank or trick it was boomeranged? That is actually funny and kids will find it funnier. It is a very relatable kind of story about bullies. Many of us would have met a Sully once or twice during our school days. I really loved the idea of bringing a weird creature into the story. That added to the book's appeal. The book has an interesting message for young readers. The characterization of Sully and Karmack is excellent. The author's imagination must have been at its best while creating Karmack. Those who have been bullied in school or anywhere else will love the story. The book is original, fast-paced, and will definitely be enjoyed more by boys.
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
What an AMAZINGLY FUN story! EVERYONE needs to read it! Full of FUN, FANTASY, and FANTASTIC REVENGE on a bully! Fun for ALL ages! What would bullies do if every prank they pulled came around like a boomerang? That is exactly what happens to Sully and his gang. If they hit someone in the face then something ends up hitting them in their face. If they make someone's lunch tray drop and splatter then something happens and their lunch tray drops from their hands and splatters all over them. WHO or WHAT could be causing all of this? It is "the one" who has been sent to "restore balance" before something dreadfully awful happens...And his name is KARMACK! LOVED this story! WOW! Remember ~ What goes around, comes around... Make it GOOD and SHARE this BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 Star Review: This book was a delight from the start. While the casting of the main hero as the leader of a group of 5th grade bullies might have been questionable, it is quickly forgiven as the story moves along. Even though Sully isn’t the type of person you’d typically root for in a book, he progressively transforms into a different sort of “big cheese” in the eyes of his peers. The character of Karmack was brilliant and, after adapting to reading his style of speaking, I was drawn to the little guy. I loved the idea that Sully could see him because he was “speedy-eyed” and that Karmack would turn into a little tree when being forced to reveal himself to others. With the main trio of characters being bullies, it is hard to completely care about the characters. When things are boomeranged back onto them, I couldn’t help but to cheer. I wanted to see them get what they deserved, which is the one major complaint I could lodge about this book. Overall this is a story that Middle-Graders of all interests and ages would enjoy because it has memorable characters and pertains to a universal subject that they all either witness or deal with in their own experiences. It holds some great lessons without coming across as preachy, and I think it is safe to say that kids will walk away thinking they might be “speedy eyed” and catch sight of Karmack someday. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone.
LadybugLinLH More than 1 year ago
Ladybug Lin here again and boy howdy are my wings flapping! OMG What an UNEXPECTED DELIGHT this book is! From the very beginning I fell head-over-heels in THRILL with this book. Who wouldn't? I mean SERIOUSLY! Anyone who's ever been the recipient of a bully's cruelty will LOVE this book and the way Ms. J.C. Whyte's creative mind turns the tables. KARMACK is a book I truly wish had been available when I was still actively teaching in the classroom...I can guarantee it would have held a prominent place in my yearly lesson planning...Yep... it really IS that good...AND that inspiring. Ms. Whyte teaches the value of growing beyond bullying through her ingenious reworking of the concepts of Karma and consequences. This is one the the BEST Middle Grade/Tween books I have read...maybe in...well FOREVER! Five stars just doesn't seem enough for the value this book offers, (Ten seems closer) but what I am forced to limit my praise to what is allowed...So, I, Ladybug Lin, with great reluctance, am forced to award KARMACK ONLY FIVE STARS...while also pleading with Ms. Whyte to KEEP 'EM COMING! You're a Beacon for the future of our youth readers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!  Fast paced, funny and entertaining with a moral message.  Highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent. The author addresses a serious problem in a light and provocative manner. Our actions, good or bad, invoke a karmic response. We may be used to thinking of karma as some mystical, far-eastern philosophy. After reading Karmac, this reader wonders if karma is a law of nature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a troublemaker who learns an important lesson, yet it's also fun for kids to read. Parents and teachers should definitely approve!
ConfuzzledShannon More than 1 year ago
A young group of boys bully kids at school. Suddenly the boys start to get injured after bullying a kid. The leader of the group, Sully, notices a little gnome like creature appearing when their bullying rubber banded back to them. Sully tries to make a deal with the nature spirit, Karmack, not understanding that what they were doing hurts others and Karmack was balancing good and bad to be even. Excellent way to explain laws of karma to children. I think it was a great idea to have the bully as the main character. Stories like this are usually written with the kid who is getting bullied not the one dealing it out. It a refreshing change. I could see the character Karmack getting a series of books. Since Karmack is a nature spirit we could see his family and friends. If there is spirit that balances his people when or if they do something bad. You could pretty much go anywhere with a fantasy character like Karmack.
AlisBooksAF More than 1 year ago
3 STARS!!! Curtis, a.k.a. Sully, is your typical 5th grade bully. He has his small band of followers, which consists of Breeze and Gonzo. He gets his kicks out of tormenting others. One day things start to change. For every bad thing the boys do, a bad thing happens in turn to them. Sully notices a small figure during one particular stunt. He sets out to capture it and does. The creature tells Sully that he’s a karmic balancer. Therefore, Sully begins calling him Karmack. Karmack begins to teach Sully all about balancing his good deeds with his bad. I’m torn on this book. I’m not a believer in karma, but I did enjoy watching Sully “grow up” and learn to think of others. I believe that aspect is a good lesson for children, even with those having differing spiritual beliefs. My twelve year old son is going to read this, and I’ll share his opinions after he finishes. In the meantime, knowing his likes, I think he would like the book well enough. If you read my review on The Door in the Wall, I can safely say he’d like it a whole lot more than that. There were parts that were funny to me, and I’m sure he’d find them a lot funnier than I did. He’d hopefully pick up on putting others before yourself and thinking of how your actions affect others!! Those are definitely two wonderful morals to the story!! So, I give this book a solid 3 STARS!! I think there’s definitely a good moral to the story, and I think most children that enjoy reading would like this. I look forward to reading more from J.C. Whyte and sharing them with my children!! * I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. *