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Ordinary Jack by Helen Cresswell
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Ordinary Jack (1977)

by Helen Cresswell

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First in the Bagthorpe Saga series. Jack is frustrated by his ultra-talented and boastful siblings. Prompted by his sympathetic uncle he embarks on a new career... calamities ensure, as is the norm in the chaotic Bagthorpe household. Fast-paced and well-written. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
I fell in love with all the characters in this book, the members of the crazy Bagthorpe family. The story centers on Jack, who feels too ordinary in comparison to his siblings and parents, all of whom have many Strings in their Bow. His wacky Uncle Parker dreams up a scheme to make the family think Jack has prophetic powers. The scheme works quite well, actually, with prophecies fulfilled about Lavender Men and Brown Bears. All the while the dad breaks his arm trying to stand on his head and the mom is quite busy solving people’s Problems and we can’t forget Rosie who loves to set fires here and there. ( )
  debnance | Jul 27, 2014 |
Jack Matthew Bagthorpe is one of four Bagthorpe children. He is convinced he is the ordinary one because all of his siblings have special talents or are considered "genius" except him. They are either mathematical, musical or sporty. Middle child Jack is none of these things. He (and his dog Zero) are practically ignored or shunned because of their lack of specialness. An accomplishment is a string in someone's bow and Jack didn't have a one. Uncle Parker is keen to Jack's plight and sets out to make him extraordinary. Uncle Parker has decided Jack's hidden talent will be the gift of prophecy, and later, of dowsing. The funny thing is, the Bagthorpe family come completely unglued when Jack's "prophesies" start to come true. Of course, there is mayhem at the end. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jul 23, 2014 |
First of the Bagthorpe Saga. Quite funny. Gifted eccentric famiily, very large brood. one child has no particular genius tries to find his talent.
I will look forward to the rest of the series. Thank you Ginny Gustin for introducing me. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Jack, the only "ordinary" child in the Bagthorpe family, hatches a plot with his sympathetic Uncle Parker to gain some fame (or at least notoriety) by becoming a prophet. Throw in some competitive genius siblings, a homesick Danish au pair, a birthday portrait destined for disaster, a pyromaniac four-year-old, and a missing hearing aid, and hilarity ensues. The plot is funny and fast-paced, but the eccentric characters and the wonderful humor are what really make this series stand out. Anyone who likes British humor should certainly look for these books -- they are definitely worth the effort! ( )
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Everybody in Jack's family seems to be brilliant - apart from Jack and his downtrodden dog Zero. Even his little sister can beat him at swimming. But Jack's uncle Parker has come up with a plan to make him and Zero shine: they'll pretend that Jack can tell the future! If only they could foresee what chaos the plan will cause ...BLHelen Cresswell is the much-loved writer of over 40 children's books. She's the author of classics such as Lizzie Dripping as well as having adapted The Demon Headmaster for television. She has been runner-up for the Carnegie Medal four times.

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Eleven-year-old Jack, the only "ordinary" member of the talented and eccentric Bagthorpe family, concocts a scheme to distinguish himself as a modern-day prophet.

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