Jaclyn Hyde (Hardcover)
HarperCollins, 9780062671455, 240pp.
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
In this heartwarming and hilarious reimagining of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a secret potion accidentally turns eager-to-please eighth grader Jaclyn into Jackie, a goblin-like monster who’ll do anything to win at everything she does—no matter how much chaos she creates along the way.
Jaclyn Hyde is almost perfect. Whether she’s baking cookies for her classmates, building a replica Mt. Vesuvius for the science fair, or practicing her lines for Fog Island: The Musical, she almost never makes mistakes.
But when she discovers the last batch of perfection potion in an abandoned laboratory, Jaclyn decides that being almost perfect isn’t perfect enough anymore.
But instead she finds out that trying to be perfectly perfect isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it’s downright horrifying. The potion turns Jaclyn into Jackie, a goblin-like monster who’ll do anything to make sure Jaclyn comes out on top.
Suddenly, she’s wreaking havoc on the school play, stealing someone else’s brownies to pass off as her own, and even destroying someone’s painting to get herself crowned “Artist of the Week.” And that’s just the beginning. Jackie will stop at nothing to make sure everyone knows just how perfect Jaclyn really is.
So now, if Jaclyn wants to save her school, her friends, and herself from her perfectly horrifying alter-ego, she’s going to have to screw up her courage and risk it all—even if that means admitting that she never was as perfect as she seemed.
Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White, the authors of Time Tracers and the Shivers series, bring their signature wit and humor to this thrilling new take on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—just right for anyone who’s ever wished to be more perfect.
About the Author
Annabeth Bondor-Stone is the coauthor of Time Tracers and the Shivers the Pirate series. She is a producer for the Story Pirates and a mentor with WriteGirl, an organization that empowers teen girls through creative writing. Her plays have been produced in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Louisville.
Connor White is the coauthor of Time Tracers and the Shivers the Pirate series. When he is not writing books, Connor is a director and producer for the Story Pirates, an arts organization that teaches kids creative writing, then turns their stories into a sketch comedy show.
Praise For Jaclyn Hyde…
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[K]ids will sympathize with Jaclyn’s need to be the best, but they may also get a wicked thrill from Jackie’s rebellion and want to look for Robert Louis Stevenson’s original “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.””
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This clever and imaginative rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde does a valiant and ambitious job of exploring how unhealthy and destructive one’s obsession with perfection can become…Readers will enjoy the witty and loyal characters in addition to the well-executed plot”