A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers learn about history, chemistry, literature and more through Jaclyn's schoolwork, also about navigating friendships, emotions, expectations.
Being perfect is impossible. Insisting on perfection isn't healthy.
Positive Role Models
Jaclyn's parents have lots of confidence in her, want her to do her best, but also assure her that they love her no matter what.
Violence & Scariness
There's a little tension and action when Jaclyn transforms into Jackie, but it's mostly funny.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jaclyn Hyde, from authors Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White, is a fun take on a traditional story and on the great lengths people are willing to go to in order to meet high expectations. Jaclyn's intense drive for perfection in everything she does starts to cause her stress, and she doesn't know how to deal with it. Readers might never have opted to make a gross potion from rotting apples, but the story will resonate with anyone who's thought about going to great lengths just so they don't let others -- or themselves -- down. Jaclyn's parents' response is what kids hope for when they feel overwhelmed, and readers see the importance of being truthful and authentic.
Is It Any Good?
This lively sci-fi tale is full of messages to help kids feeling the pressure of school, sports, and other activities navigate the relentless push to be the best. Jaclyn Hyde has a strong message about personal expectations and pride, reminding readers that they can always try to be better students, friends, and people, but that perfection isn't the goal. Perfection isn't attainable, even with potion and magic and the very best Mount Vesuvius model ever built thrown into the mix. Jackie's cutthroat sabotage is a fun read for every exhausted kid who has dreamed of taking the shortcut to the top, and a funny mirror to Jaclyn's focused perfection.
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