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Jack and the Wild Life

Jack and the Wild Life
Ivica Stevanovic Illustrated by
Lisa Doan By (author)
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Lerner Publishing Group

Limited ***

7.5 X 5.3 in
144 pg

JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Intermediate
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Themes)
JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories


After a wild plan by his parents left Jack stranded in the Caribbean, the Berenson family decided to lay out some rules. Jack's mom and dad agreed they wouldn't take so many risks. Jack agreed he'd try to live life without worrying quite so much. Then Jack's parents thought up another get-rich-quick scheme.

Now the family's driving around Kenya. An animal attack is about to send Jack up a tree―alone, with limited supplies. As Jack attempts to outsmart a ferocious honey badger and keep away from an angry elephant, he'll have plenty of time to wonder if the Berenson Family Decision-Making Rules did enough to keep him out of trouble.


"After an adventure in the Caribbean, Jack's parents have a new get-rich-quick scheme. This time, Jack finds himself in Kenya—up a tree, trying to avoid being the lunch for an angry honey badger. This adventure-filled series fills a gap between shorter chapter books and longer middle grade fiction." —School Library JournalJournal

"Jack's parents' get-rich-quick scheme goes awry. Again. The last time the Berensons launched a plan, son Jack ended up stranded in the Caribbean (Jack the Castaway, 2014). This time, they profess to have learned their lesson and are trying to take a page from their worrier son's book and pay attention to planning and safety. After losing their jobs and being evicted, they have a brilliant idea: launching a tourism startup in Kenya, in which people will pay to come and live like the Maasai. The Berensons are even planning ahead: They will not take risks, and they will not lose their son. Jack has his doubts. Of course, his parents cannot so easily change their ways, and Jack ends up in a tree, tapped by badgers and other critters with nothing but his wits and his friend Diana's stuffed monkey, Mack. Jack's ingenuity, fueled with a dash of frustration and anger at his hapless parents, is amazing. Not only does Jack create a hammock out of duct tape, but he hatches a dangerous plot that saves the stuffed monkey. Over-the-top situations stitched together by hilarious chapter titles and exaggerated black-and-white illustrations keep the pages turning for young adventurers. Mayhem, adventure and unexpected situations will leave readers wanting more from Jack." —Kirkus ReviewsJournal

Author Bio

Ivica Stevanovic has illustrated numerous picture books, as well as book covers and graphic novels. He lives in Veternik, Serbia, with his wife, who is also a children's illustrator, and their daughter.

Lisa Doan received a master's degree in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. As a professional vagabond, she has traveled extensively through Africa and Asia and lived on a Caribbean island for eight years. Her variety of professions have included Master Scuba Diving Instructor, New York City headhunter, Owner/Chef of a Chinese restaurant, television show Set Medic and Deputy Prothonotary of a county court. She wrote her first book during a Caribbean slow season while waiting for restaurant customers. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with a Great Dane who stares her down for biscuits.