Book Review: Jack by Gary Dorion (Book One of a trilogy)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical Fiction

Age recommended: 10 and up

I didn’t really like this book until about halfway through where the historical aspect of the book came in. Until then, I felt that the book was extremely redundant and that the first 50 or so pages were completely unnecessary.



Jack Stone is an extremely mischievous boy living in Charleston, Georgia during the pre-Civil War era (1860). He almost never attends school and enjoys pranking his teacher, whom he is supposed to refer to as Master.

Master is a white man whose views of the world are extremely biased. Master despises Jack because he never shows up for classes, yet manages to get good grades and pass all subjects; he is always looking for excuses to punish Jack.

Jeremy is what you would call a follower. He goes along with everything Jack says because it “just makes sense” and even if it doesn’t, Jack convinces Jeremy to play along because they never get caught.

When Master sends other students to spy on the boys to get them suspended, Jack and Jeremy manage to bribe them into silence. Everything is okay in this vicious cycle until one day a free African American man shows up in Jack’s stolen tree house.

Jack and Jeremy help the freed man escape the prejudiced state to find his family; their journey is truly an eye-opener.

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Jack (Jack: Part One in the Trilogy Book 1)

For more information about the book, you can also visit the BookRature  website


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