Spring-Heeled Jack Book Summary and Study Guide

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In Victorian London, the children Rose, Lily and little Ned have been inmates of an orphanage for 18 months since their father's ship sank in the Indian Ocean and their mother died soon after. But conditions are awful and their captors venial and cruel, so the kids decide to escape to America by sneaking down to the docks and stowing away on a ship. Unfortunately, they are nabbed by the evil crime boss Mack the Knife, who notices a precious locket on Rose's neck. But Spring-Heeled Jack, the righter of wrongs who is able to leap to great heights, will save the day and set the kids on their proper way. Many other surprises are in store. This trim book, told extensively with cartoons by David Mostyn as well as text by Pullman, is delightfully witty and engaging. (Grownups will get a kick out of the many sophisticated jokes, such as the Saveloy Hotel menu on p. 49.)
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   kidnapping Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   grade school Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   orphan story

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Has magical powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   is very quick Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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