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Kids Fiction 147
Amazing Middle Grade retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
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.
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