The Golden Telescope

Book One in the Jack and the Magic Hat Maker series

A captivating story filled with magic, mystery, and time-travel for middle-grade and early teen readers of Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, and Rick Riordan

“Amazingly creative, filled with details and imagery that fill your mind with scenes as if you’re there in the moment. I read this to my 8 and 5 year olds. They both loved it!! Definitely a book for all ages! Can’t wait for more!!”

Twelve-year old Jack Mac Paidin’s life is miserable. His parents are dead, and he’s stuck with his heartless aunt and uncle, who make him live in the cold, dank basement.

Then his life takes a crazy turn when he touches a golden telescope that reveals he has magical abilities. He learns that he comes from a long line of magic workers who want to use his powers for their nefarious purposes. A mysterious visitor rescues him using a magic hat and takes him to his ancestral home in Dublin, Ireland.

Though Jack’s life at Mac Paidin Manor is much better than it was living in the basement, things are far from perfect. There is a dangerous organization called The Dark Cabal, and Jack learns that it is responsible for killing his parents and separating him from his brother and sister. Confronting them will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

After years of trauma-related asthma attacks and life as a number-loving nerd, Jack finally feels like his life has meaning. Even though he is bewildered to discover that there is a world of magic he knows nothing about, Jack learns that he is special. He is the only person who can help find his Grandma Lydia trapped in the past and solve the mystery surrounding his parent’s death.

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Our adventure with Jack, Bart, and the cast of characters from Book One: The Golden Telescope continues with exciting new twists, turns, and reveals!

Learn more about Jack’s magical abilities, where his Grandma Lydia is, why she is stuck in the past, and the story behind why and how she got there. Meet intriguing new characters, visit foreign lands, become better acquainted with personalities such as Joseph ‘Bunko’ Kelly, Grandpa Edward, and members of both The Order of Light as well as The Dark Cabal.

The mystery intensifies, and the plot thickens as we travel, with Jack, through time and space to uncover hidden secrets and frightening dangers surrounding our hero!

I’m publishing chapters as I write them here on this website! Check back often for updates.

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