“I loved all the Harry Potter books too. I would put this book up there with Rowling and Riordan, who I have also read.”
THE GOLDEN TELESCOPE REVIEWS
I bought the 3 books (available so far) in this series because my husband and I became Facebook friends with Tracy. They say they are for middle schoolers but don`t let that stop you from reading them. There were some similarities to Harry Potter but mostly just the magical references. I thought I would read the first one and then probably give them to grandchildren or friends children. What a nice surprise! I really enjoyed Book 1 and immediately ordered Books 2 and 3 so I could read them in sequence. I thoroughly enjoyed all 3 and am anxiously waiting for the release of Book 4 and then all the rest in the series as they become available. Congratulations Tracy you have a true gift of imagination and combining that with great writing skills. The fact that the origination of the idea comes from a real life family fact makes it even more enjoyable. My husband is now finishing book 3 and enjoyed all of them as well. We will be sharing these but NOT just for kids.
Thank you Tracy, and keep on writing you have the talent and are very capable. Waiting patiently for Book 4 to be available!
Tracy has begun a beautiful series with her first book. Readers of all ages can relate to the underlying theme of good versus evil, danger and all kinds of magical and mythical creatures. The main cast of characters are introduced or alluded to throughout the first volume and the concept behind their stories has the reader eagerly turning the pages to see what happens next. Highly recommend getting this book for yourself and/or to share with the favored readers in your family!
It’s a neat story and Tracy’s descriptive writing kept me hooked, I never once felt like I needed to read ahead out of boredom. Reading a book with magic and wonder and mystery was very nostalgic. I can’t wait to read the next book!
WHEN I GOT TO THE END IT WAS A GREAT, LOUD AHHHHH!
Wow, Tracy, I started reading at noon today. It’s 8pm. I haven’t moved. It has kept me wanting more at every turn of the page. When I got to the end it was a great loud Ahhhhh! My partner ran in thinking something was wrong and laughed when I told him it was the end of the book. I Loved IT. Well done. XXX
This book is not just for children! I loved it, and I am 62 years old. Of-course I loved all the Harry Potter books too. I would put this book up there with Rowling and Riordan, who I have also read. But trust me, this is not a second hand remake of those classics. The story is original and exciting. Action, adventure, and mystery with a strong paranormal bent. Great book. Anxiously awaiting book 2.
BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK EVER!
Reading this super fun book provided vivid and creative imagery, truly relatable characters, and such an enjoyable adventure! What a wondrous ride! I highly recommend this book. And not just for children! I’m in my 50’s and I adored every sentence, paragraph, page, and chapter!! Very highly recommended. You’ll love it!!
Ms. Johnson takes us for a magical ride with a host of characters that come alive from the pages. Her ability to capture our imagination transports us along in these incredible adventures. The books (one and two) were purchased for my grandchildren but, I couldn’t help myself when thumbing through them and ended up reading both books before passing them along. I’m now anxiously awaiting book 3.
FUN AND MAGICAL
This is a fun, fast read for all ages. If you’re a fan of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter then this book is for you. Hard to put down. I almost finished it in one night.
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I’VE EVER READ I had the opportunity to read Tracy Johnson first book in the Jack and The Magic Hat Maker series, The Golden Telescope. After reading word forword of this novel and I honestly have to say I’m looking forward to more of Tracy’s work. I’ve read other series such as Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl and Percy Jackson and I believe that this is obviously the next heir to the throne at the top of the list of the magical fantasy genre.
RICH, DESCRIPTIVE VOCABULARY, WITH HISTORICAL CURIOSITY IN A CREATIVE, ENCHANTING ADVENTURE
I really enjoyed the settings with some familiar locations like the Shanghai Tunnels and the charming shops in Old Town Chinatown in Portland, Oregon. Incorporating her dad’s name “Jack” and her grandfather’s occupation as a milliner into the story was a nice touch. The sprinkling of foreshadowing kept me hooked as the characters developed throughout the story. I plan on sharing The Golden Telescope with my grandchildren and look forward to Tracy’s next book.
WHAT A SENSATIONAL STORY!
I was looking for different books I could gift my nephews and nieces with. Before I would do that, I of course take a look at the book myself. This beautifully illustrated cover and intriguing title attracted my attention and I took a look inside! Whether it being good or not, I got captivated by the story! Not sure if I am the accurate audience, still it was so delightful to read the adventure of Jack! All characters were amazingly well created and I could feel the passion and the heart of the author! Really really well done and I luckily have a superb book to gift to my nephews and nieces now! Awesome!
~Sascha Të Light
A STORY FILLED WITH ENTHUSIASTIC ENERGY
Tracy has done an excellent job writing a story that grabs you in the very beginning and captivates your heart as you join the adventure bound antics of Jack and Bart. They find themselves in places they have never been mystified by magical notations that leave them in awe. They learn of secrets from the past and are enlightened to secrets to the future. Leaving us wanting more from this series.
GREAT STORY WITH EXTRAS!
I’m a homeschool mom and this book has made my job a little easier. My daughter is loving the story and she really likes following along with Tracy on her YouTube channel as she reads the chapters to you. Such a fun adventure from right here in our home town of Portland, OR. The workbook that goes along with it is a must for kids comprehension.
I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to the next one! So different from any other book I’ve read!
BRILLIANT WRITTEN FOR ALL AGES, A REAL PAGE TURNER
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 April 2021
Loved this from the first page to the last. I stayed up all night reading it, and read it to my grandson who loved it. Then gave it to my friends granddaughter, her parents took it off her so she would go to sleep. She couldn’t wait to read it again. A brilliant book.
THE KIDNAPPING KING REVIEWS
ENTERTAINING FOR ALL AGES
Book #2 in Tracy’s series didn’t disappoint as the saga continued. Though it took awhile to keep up with the date and location of the action and which characters were where, once the reader got the flow of the ongoing storyline it was hard to put the book down. Filled with close calls, near misses, friendship, family and traitors and plenty of twists and turns, this second volume is a real page turner that sets the stage beautifully for the tale to continue into volume 3. If you’ve got a tween or young teen who is just beginning to experience the joys of reading, you should seriously consider letting them know about this series!
WONDERFULLY MAGICAL SERIES
Be sure to read book 1 before this book or you will feel like you walked into the middle of a story. Book 2 continues where book 1 left off. There are three magically gifted siblings, each taken from their parents and raised apart by members of an evil cabal. Some of whom are the children’s relatives. The evil cabal is waiting for the children’s powers to start, about the time puberty starts. The cabal wants control of the power of three. Book 1 was the middle child, Jack’s, rescue from the cabal. This book is about Jack and friends trying to liberate the oldest child, Ethan. Only that does not go well. An excerpt into book 3 shows that the youngest child, Sadie, has just come into her powers. This is a series you will want to commit to once you read book 1. It is packed full of action, adventure, and the fight between good and evil. It is a whole lot of fun.
THE MAGICAL LEGACY REVIEWS
THE PLOT THICKENS
Tracy’s creativity and imagination really shine in book 3. The depth of a few previous characters is revealed more and her vivid descriptions of mysterious realms and mythical creatures is so good that you can almost visualize every detail. She’ll have you on the edge of your seat as evil tries to triumph over good and various beasts are employed to fight battles. On top of that, more magical powers are revealed in key characters that help connect events of the future with the past. Anxiously awaiting the release of the next tome in this entertaining series. Kudos to this talented author!
GREAT BACKGROUND TO THE SERIES
But it is more than just a prequel, it is a full book with a whole story. And it explains a lot of unanswered questions about why Jack and his siblings are so special. Jack is not in this story. This is the story of how Jack’s parents met as pre-teens and learned about the difference between good and evil in another realm outside of Earth. I loved this book, but highly recommend you read at least the first book in the series before you read this prequel. Otherwise, you may not feel like this had a good ending. I felt it had a great ending, as I now know how Jack’s parents met and eventually died, and what is the Power of Three, and why that is important.
This book is not just for children! I loved it, and I am 62 years old. Of course I loved all the Harry Potter books too. I would put this book up there with Rowling and Riordan, who I have also read. But trust me, this is not a second-hand remake of those classics. The story is original and exciting. Action, adventure, and mystery with a strong paranormal bent. Great book. Anxiously awaiting book 2.
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