Jaclyn and the Beanstalk
A Tangled Fairy Tale

By Mary Ting


“In this retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, Mary Ting traded out a hero for a heroine—though Jack is cleverly retained for another role in the story. But her revision goes deeper. Ting unites the English fairy tale with a Christian legend. Weaving Christianity into the story, Ting reimagines the old fairy tale of giants and beanstalks with energy and freshness. Beginning with familiar ideas, it ends in surprising places.” ~Lorehaven Magazine

Artwork by: Sam Shearon
Cover Design by:  MJC Imageworks


2019 Illumination Book Awards Bronze Medal: Young Adult Fiction

What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night…


Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest man who once fought for the king, he now teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits—and her sword.

But he has a secret. And his secret may have a connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him.

Upon hearing “monsters” are terrorizing the small villages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return.

Armed only with her sword and three magic beans—a gift from a mysterious old woman—Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her father.

On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk, catching her when she falls.

She isn’t the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her childhood friend and secret crush, is following her.

Together, Jaclyn and Jack must battle to save not only their fathers, but the townspeople the beasts plan to lay waste to before it’s too late.


This standalone novel is the debut of the Tangled Tales series—a new take on reimagined fairy tales.

“Keenly descriptive and eloquently written with touches of sixteenth-century language, the story takes the reader into the world of monsters controlled by a diabolical villain and into a land of mystery and magic beans.” ~ Readers' Favorite