The Secret of Blackjack Woods

The Secret of Blackjack Woods

by Ashlen Brown


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One summer evening, 12-year-old Jim Thomas is surprised by his mother's and sister's account of seeing a mysterious creature in their woods. Is it bigfoot? Thinking there has to be a reasonable explanation, Jim sets upon discovering the truth. In short time, Jim is faced with a being that supposedly doesn't exist. Before long, his new friend is in trouble, and only Jim and his family can save him.

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ISBN-13: 9781939927026
Publisher: Ashlen Brown an Imprint of Telemachus Press
Publication date: 06/11/2013
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

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The Secret of Blackjack Woods 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved it. This book was the perfect thing to read while sitting outside. I can only imagine reading it while camping! Kids will absolutely love it because it really does call to mind that feeling of being a kid and wanting to believe in something very mysterious. Adults, will love it, too. There is plenty of action and adventure, and the final third of the book is impossible to put down. The characters are all so vivid and lovable, and the settings are described so clearly I felt like I could see them. Pure fun. I highly recommend it and look forward to more work from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very pleasant couple hours read; she created likable characters without making them caricatures. Great first book and I look forward to her future works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has it all--action and mystery, as well as good feelings and a real feel for family. The characters come to life at the hands of the author. She makes you want to walk in her woods.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great.  I love paranormal and fantasy type novels, and this book had elements of both, but it was presented in a realistic way.  It really gave the feeling of what it would be like to really encounter something like Charlie.  I'd recommend to anyone.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite The Secret of Blackjack Woods by Ashlen Brown started with a bang. Right away, you know what the stakes are in the story. There is a creature in the woods, a yeti or a werewolf or some kind of crazy, creepy unnamed monster looking in the woods outside Jim's house, tormenting his family. Great start! I also liked the dialogue within this story. Sometimes dialogue can be over written or come across as canned or fake sounding, but this dialogue was written well and sounded like real conversations between two actual people (which made the characters that much more believable). It was also very age appropriate, which is harder to do than it seems and can really trip a lot of people up. Making conversations sound like they are from young characters is especially tricky but was handled very well here. The younger characters don't sound too young, but they also don't come across as too adult like and use big words that they probably wouldn't know. Again, this just makes the characters seem that much more real because they sound like real children, not like a writer's version of what they think children sound like. I also liked how the dialogue was mixed in well with descriptive scenes, so it wasn't just a big blob of dialogue followed by a huge paragraphs of descriptions or explanations. There was a good mix and balance here that I enjoyed and helped move the story along nicely for me.