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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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"
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.
Jack is an orphan almost 13 years old when our story begins. He has two siblings, Ethan, 3 years older, and Sadie, 2 years younger. He hasn't seen either Ethan or Sadie since their parents were killed in a tragic automobile collision 9 years ago.
Jack lives with his great uncle, Earl O'Brien, and his wife, Lizzie, in Portland, Oregon.
Bart is a fun-loving kid, also almost 13 years old, when our story begins. His dad Bill Flanagan, owns Flanagan's Hobby Shop in downtown Portland, Oregon, where Bart and Jack work after school most week days.
He is an only child and huge Oregon Ducks football fan.
Arthur is 54 years old when our story begins. He has worked and lived at Mac Paidin Manor in Dublin, Ireland half his life. He is Sir Edward Mac Paidin's trusted butler and and devoted family friend.
Sir Edward Mac Paidin is Inez, Clara, and Ross's father, husband to Lydia (O'Brien) Mac Paidin, and grandfather to Jack, Ethan, and Sadie.
When our story begins, Sir Edward lives at Mac Paidin Manor outside of Dublin, Ireland. He has never met his grand children and they know nothing about him.
Edward is a milliner by trade, but he is not just an average hat maker. He was appointed Royal Hat Maker to the Queen and her court.
When our story begins, Bill owns a downtown Portland, Oregon hobby shop called Flanagan's.
Bart and Jack spend most days, after school, helping Bill stock the shelves at the store.
Bill has become a good friend and father-figure to Jack.
When our story begins, Inez has been estranged from her father, Sir Edward Mac Paidin, for 16 years.
She blames him for the disappearance of her mother, Lydia Mac Paidin, and lives with her sister, Clara, somewhere in Europe.
When our story begins, Clara Mac Paidin, has been estranged from her father, Sir Edward Mac Paidin, for 16 years.
Clara is 5 years younger than Inez and lives with her somewhere in Europe.
Ethan is 15 years old when our story begins.
He lives with his great uncle, Thaddeus O'Brien, and his wife, Astrid, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Earl O'Brien is Lydia (O'Brien) Mac Paidin's brother and Jack's legal guardian ever since his parents were killed nearly 9 years ago.
Earl, and his wife, Lizzie, live in Portland, Oregon where they reluctantly provide a dank, downstairs room for Jack, but have no interest in his life, except to attain their own objectives.
Thaddeus O'Brien is Lydia (O'Brien) Mac Paidin's brother and Ethan, Jack, and Sadie's great uncle.
He is married to Astrid (Bennett) O'Brien and they live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
They treat Ethan as their son, though they are only his legal guardians.
Lydia is Inez, Clara, and Ross's mother, wife to Sir Edward Mac Paidin, and grandmother to Ethan, Jack, and Sadie.
When our story begins, Lydia has been lost in time for more than two decades.
Lizzie (Mason) O'Brien is Earl's wife and Lydia (O'Brien) Mac Paidin's sister-in-law.
She is a snob who resents having to care for Jack, and does everything she can to avoid having contact with him.
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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RICH, DESCRIPTIVE VOCABULARY, WOVEN 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.
AWESOME BOOK. 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.
I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. Oh my, look at that cover! It definitely has a classic look to it like the Babysitter’s Club, Boxcar Children or Hardy Boys. If you were into reading those back in the day, or if your children enjoy reading these types of stories, I’d definitely recommend this. Yes, it’s MG, but it has an easy flow and classic feel that would make any reader content to follow along. Like other reviewers, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and couldn’t put it down! The author blends a classic mystery feel with a relatable, modern cast and a strong plot arc done well. Highly recommend.
AN AMAZINGLY INVENTIVE AND CREATIVE PAGE TURNER. Amazingly creative, filled with details and imagery that fill your mind with scenes as if your there in the moment. Such a great book for all ages, I read this to my 8 and 5 year old they both loved it!! Definitely a book for all ages!! Can't wait for more!!
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!
THIS IS AN AWESOME BOOK. Jack and the Magic Hat Maker is a wonderful, exciting, riveting book! It is well written and enthrawling! It keeps you not only engaged, but anxious for the adventures that never fail with excitement!!! I can't wait for the next book and hope for many more!!!
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.
A STORY FILLED WITH ENTHUSIASTIC ENERGY. 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.
LOVE IT! I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next one! So different from any other book I've read!