Jim Ugly (英語) ハードカバー – 1992/4/14
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Part timber wolf, Jim Ugly is a proud and aloof one-man dog. And that man is Jake's father, an actor in the raffish world of the frontier West. When he suddenly disappears, the boy and the dog are thrown into an uneasy alliance on a wild, helter-skelter journey to the Sierra Nevada mountains and San Francisco. Here is Newbery winner Fleischman at his finest, in a book full of comic surprises and swift adventure.
Twelve-year-old Jake Bannock cannot believe that his actor-father is dead and he is an orphan. Now all Jake has left is his father's wolflike dog, Jim Ugly. But is his father really dead?
When Jake hears talk about a fortune in missing diamonds, he wonders if his father is hiding out somewhere. Jake feels sure that Jim Ugly has the nose to pick up his father's trail. But eyes are watching every move they make. Whom can Jake trust on his search for the truth about his father?
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Over the years, I read this book over and over again, and in my later years felt it was time to add it to my collection for a future family. A subtle reminder of what it was and is to be young, adventurous, and exploring. Also, what it means to move through death and a part of life, and the suspicions of our gut that tell us something is not right, or that something is happening but we just can't seem to put words to.
It's a well written piece of work, and I appreciate Sid sharing his thoughts and his story. Thank you!
Jake Bannock’s dad is suddenly dead and all he has left is his dad’s wolf like dog and the talk of a fortune in missing diamonds. Jake doesn’t believe his dad is actually dead so, he and his new dog Jim Ugly run away
from the farm (in the desert) they live on to try and find his dad and the diamonds. Along the way Jake and Jim Ugly meet Wilhelmina, Sam Bannock’s “wife”. Jake and Jim Ugly travel along the deserts and the Western Coast of the United States in search for Sam Bannock. As they search for Sam, Jake realizes that Jim Ugly isn’t just his dad’s dog but also his dog.
The main characters of this book are Jake Bannock, Jim Ugly the dog, Wilhelmina, Cornelius, and Sam Bannock. Jake Bannock is a 12 year old boy whose father is suddenly pronounced dead. Jim Ugly is a wolf like, grey dog whose owner is dead and left with his son. Wilhelmina is an actor from San Francisco, California who was secretly married to Sam Bannock until he was pronounced dead. Cornelius is a theater manager from San Francisco, California who accused Sam Bannock of stealing a fortune of missing diamonds. Sam Bannock is a male that is pronounced dead but is still thought to be alive, by his son, is accused of stealing a fortune of diamonds and is the father to Jake Bannock. He is also the owner of Jim Ugly. These are the main characters in the book Jim Ugly.
The theme of the story is that you don’t always need to believe what you hear. Sometimes the things people say are not the truth and are false. You can’t assume something from hearing it, you also need the facts. The author writes,” Your gems, Cornelius, are in the gizzards of the dispossessed poultry.’’ This is a perfect example of the theme because everyone thought that the diamonds were in the pine box that Sam Bannock was “ buried” in. Everyone thought this because of what one person said/thought. This shows don’t believe everything you hear.
This was a very good book. I would recommend this book to everyone I know. If you are looking for a good, quick mystery book to read this would be a good book for you. I believe this because, I love to read mystery books and I would say this is one of the best mystery books I have read. This is not your normal, stereotypical mystery book you would read. This book is an amazing representation of how anything could happen and how you never fully know something about a person, even if they're your own father. Just remember you can’t believe everything you hear, if you don't know all the facts.
Review by Stergios Dinopoulos
What if you thought your father was dead, but found out his coffin was filled with ice? Read Jim Ugly to find out about a boy named Jake whose father faked death because of a bounty on his head.
Jake embarks on an adventure to find his father. He takes Jim Ugly, his father's grey, unfriendly husky with him. Jim will not listen to Jake, making it harder for them to find Sam, Jake's father. There's also Aurora, Jake's aunt who wants the diamonds that Sam stole. There's another problem, D.D Skeats, the bounty hunter, didn't fall for "Sam's funeral play act" and is trying to catch him.
Jim Ugly is a great book for young readers who enjoy suspense and mystery and are okay with some frustration when Jim Ugly will not obey. I personally enjoyed this book a lot, but I did get frustrated.
The message in Jim Ugly is that you can make friends when you least expect it.
... Will Jim Ugly and Jake get along and find Sam or will they never see him again?