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.
Amazing Middle Grade retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
JACLYN HYDE is a fun middle grade retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jaclyn is a perfectionist and wants everyone else to recognize it. When she accidentally leaves the cage for her bunny open, he escapes. Jaclyn and her friends Paige and Fatima take chase, they follow him into Enfield Manor. Dr. Enfield was a scientist that everyone believed was crazy.
Even though she doesn't find her bunny Charles, Jaclyn still doesn't leave the Manor empty handed. Here, she finds a recipe for a Perfection Potion and Jaclyn wastes no time in preparing it. After she drinks it, she starts doing things against her control--bad things to others that make her look perfect.
When this loss of control happens, she notices a change in her hands... almost goblin-like. It isn't long before her friends are confronted by the dark side of Jaclyn, better known as Jackie. They need to help before they lose their friend forever.
I love the story of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, so I was really excited to read this one and wasn't disappointed. There's a lot of humor and the story moves at a fast pace. I love how Jaclyn becomes "Jackie" and that her appearance resembles a goblin. Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White do an impeccable job at holding my interest until the end, even as an adult.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, science, and humor.