The Adventures of Jack Lime
Meet Jack Lime, private investigator, who solves problems for his fellow Iona High students. Sometimes he falls for the dames who hire him, sometimes he falls in the river and sometimes he falls asleep (he's narcoleptic). But rest assured that whether he's tracking down a missing banana-seat bike or a kidnapped hamster, or cracking open a trivia tournament betting ring, Lime will follow every lead.
Readers will identify with this funny, cynical sleuth who has the makings of a top-notch PI, though his personal life frequently goes awry. In these three stand-alone detective stories, readers will immerse themselves in an offbeat fictional world populated with eccentric characters where everything is not as it seems.
The Further Adventures of Jack Lime
With wit and terrific pacing, author James Leck gives his adolescent readers exactly what they want in this highly entertaining book: fast-moving scenes, spot-on teenage attitudes and cleverly plotted intrigue. With intelligence, sarcasm and his own style of offbeat humor, Jack chronicles his gumshoe adventures like a pro, and keeps the pages flying. This would be an ideal choice for a language arts lesson about the concept of literary genres in general or detective fiction specifically, as the full gamut of characteristics and motifs are depicted here perfectly.
Author James Leck hits all the right notes in this young-adult novel: adventure, suspense, funny dialogue and, best of all, zombie-vampires! This fast-moving page-turner will be a favorite read for pre-teens. Leck has created an appealing character in Charlie: the lovable slacker and consummate prankster at Choke Academy boarding school who's always quick with a clever or sarcastic comment. But Charlie proves in the end that he can step up to a challenge and show leadership and courage when he needs to. With characteristics of several different genres, this book makes a great choice for a language arts discussion of literary genres. Despite the zombie-vampires, Leck deftly avoids the carnage, so the story never reaches the level of horror.
After Dark - Into the Shadows
Fifteen-year-old Charlie Harker has just been released after 28 days locked up in quarantine. Charlie, along with the rest of the survivors of a mysterious outbreak, are finally able to return to their homes in the small town of Rolling Hills. The good news is that they still have half the summer to enjoy. The bad news, they’re being monitored by a secretive group of soldiers who have the town cut off from the rest of the world. Even worse, there seems to be unidentified eight-legged creatures scuttling around in the shadows. Is Charlie finally going to have a chance to relax, or are things about to get a whole lot worse?