Jack and the Magic Hat Maker

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The Kidnapping King

Book Two in the Jack and the Magic Hat Maker series

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When twelve-year old Jack Mac Paidin touches a golden telescope that gives him magical powers, he enters a portal to travel through time to uncover hidden secrets about his parents' deaths...and the betrayal of his own brother.

Things aren’t what they seem in this fast-paced second volume in the Jack and the Magic Hat Maker middle-grade fantasy series. 

Deceived and abducted by his older brother, twelve-year-old Jack Mac Paidin takes a trip through time to meet his long-lost grandmother, Lydia, who contacted him through the magic of a special golden telescope. Can Lydia protect Jack from the evil group who made him an orphan and is out to harness his powers before it’s too late? So begins the fantasy adventure The Kidnapping King, the thrilling second book of the Jack and the Magic Hat Maker series, by Tracy Partridge-Johnson.

Jack’s own family—his aunt Inez leading the helm—is plotting against him to gain access to his newfound powers to use for sinister deeds. They’ve even convinced his older brother, Ethan, that Jack is vying to take his rightful share of the family inheritance, in an effort to pin him against his brother and use him to capture Jack and his magic.

"We need that boy," Thaddeus O'Brien interjected. "All these years of care and preparation are for nothing if we aren't able to control all three children."

Inez and her crew craft special pendants that enable them to teleport through a magical portal between Sweden and the Mac Paidin ancestral home in Dublin, Ireland to unfold their unseemly plans.

In the middle of Ethan’s chest, suspended from a black leather cord, was a large, glowing pendant. The stone was a vibrant shade of sapphire blue, and it pulsated with a cool light from within. The bauble held Jack’s attention for only a moment because just as he was staring at it, from the corner of his eye, he was distracted by something else materializing behind Ethan. A large, shimmering oval appeared and was suspended there in mid-air.

It’s a race through time, literally, for Jack to learn how to use his powers, escape from his evil family members, go back in time to find his grandmother and solve the mystery of his murdered parents, all before it’s too late and he’s thrown back to living a miserable life in the cold, dank basement of his heartless aunt and uncle.

“You are in Stockholm, Sweden, and this is your new home. Protection spells surround this house, and you’ll have no access to a cell phone or other technology for contacting your friends in Ireland. So, you’ll want to get used to that idea. Resist, and you will be one miserable little boy. Cooperate, and eventually, you could be very happy,” Jack’s aunt tells him.

Middle-graders will love the inventions and gadgets, time travel and magical portals, and spells and powers of this fast-paced tale. With additional books following in this fantasy series, Jack and the Magic Hat Maker: The Kidnapping King will take readers on an exciting adventure through time and space, reality and fantasy, on one boy’s journey for truth and revenge.

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The Golden Telescope

Book One in the Jack and the Magic Hat Maker series

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 living in the basement, things are far from perfect. There is a dangerous organization called The Dark Cabal, and Jack learns 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.

This first book in the series by author Tracy Partridge-Johnson portrays an unforgettable story full of relatable characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details. It sets the stage for many incredible adventures to come.

"Wow, 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"

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The Dark Matriarch

Book One in the Upcoming Series: Jack and the Immortals

Thirty-six hundred years had passed since her last visit to the blue dot in the distance she once called home.

Briefly, Chava wondered how those awaiting her arrival would receive her.

Meanwhile, Inez and Clara Mac Paidin stood, breathlessly, gazing at the black space on the far wall where the portal would appear at the appointed time.

THE DARK MATRIARCH is the opening scene introducing us to SERIES 2: JACK AND THE IMMORTALS - the ongoing saga of 12-year-old orphan, Jack Mac Paidin, and his adventures with magic in his world, both light and dark, and his role in saving his friends, siblings, and the entire planet from the influence of evil.

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About Tracy

Author of MG Fantasy Fiction.

Author Tracy Partridge-Johnson often feels as if her books write themselves because, although she starts with the seed of an idea, she is frequently surprised by the twists, turns, and direction her stories take. She likes to write while sitting on her bed in a cocoon of sorts in complete quiet, wearing earplugs to shut out any noise distractions.

The inspiration for the main character in her Jack and the Magic Hat Maker series was inspired by Tracy’s father’s childhood experience, and her great-grandfather was a milliner who owned a hat making shop. She often weaves elements of family history into her plotlines. Tracy also likes to incorporate her own interests into her stories, including magic, mystery, adventure, and even international travel, as she has traveled to seven foreign countries herself. She bases information in her books on personal experience as well as internet research.

Tracy thinks a good story is one that has surprise and unpredictable outcomes. As a writer and a reader, she loves tension and cliff-hangers and experiencing the unexpected. She hopes that her readers feel an emotional connection with her books’ characters and that her stories give them a place of enchantment they can escape to for reprieve and simply provide a truly entertaining story that keeps them wanting more.

For a year and a half of her life, Tracy lived off-grid with her six children, aged six to sixteen at the time, in the middle of nowhere, without running water or electricity, applying immense self-sufficiency.

When Tracy isn’t writing captivating stories about magic, mystery, and time travel, she has many other interests and pursuits including reading, international travel, professional pyrography (burning art and lettering onto wood and leather), designing wire-wrap jewelry, and learning about optimal human nutrition and spirituality and belief systems.

Tracy likes to spend time with family and close friends near her home in a smallish town, called Forest Grove, on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. The Kidnapping King is her third book.

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