12-year old orphan, Jack Mac Paidin’s, life takes a crazy turn when he touches a golden telescope that reveals he has magical abilities.
Nine years ago his parents were killed in a tragic automobile accident. Not only that, he was separated from his older brother and younger sister. Each child was sent to live with a different distant relative.
Jack 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 better than living in the basement of his uncle and aunt’s Portland, Oregon home, things are far from perfect. There is a dangerous organization called The Dark Cabal that Jack is responsible for killing Jack’s parents and separating him from his siblings. 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.
Full of relatable characters, wildly imaginative situations and countless exciting details, this first book in the series by author Tracy Partridge-Johnson portrays an unforgettable story and sets the stage for many incredible adventures to come.
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.
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