‘Full of twists and turns, extraordinary characters…a fantastic plot.’
Who is Jack McCool? He’s a regular wise-cracking school boy, expert multiple biscuit eater and dodger of homework who likes nothing better than chilling out on his bed with his dog, Fergus. It’s no wonder Jack’s bedroom is his refuge, considering his crazy family and the daily onslaught he faces at school from his arch enemies: Miss Medusa, his lip-curling teacher, and Oscar the sneaky school bully. And oh yeah, Jack’s just discovered he holds the key to breaking an ancient curse. What’s more, the clock’s ticking and all eyes are on him. That’s where the ordinary becomes extraordinary.
Travelling back in time thanks to prising open a dusty old trunk he finds in the attic, Jack joins forces with a warrior from the past, takes on a vengeful king and travels the world to solve the secrets of the magical Amulet of Athlone by retrieving its six enchanted gemstones from the clutches of some seriously devious and dangerous characters.
Jack’s quest means he has to learn to live by his wits and find the courage, strength and confidence he never knew he possessed in order to meet the greatest challenge of his life.
With more adventures, puzzles and plot twists to excite any young reader, Jack proves that heroes come in all shapes and sizes, including ones with sticky-up hair and a stock of one-liners.
The Chronicles of Jack McCool is inspired by the legends of Irish folk hero, Finn McCool, and woven throughout with threads of the colourful folklore that binds cultures the world over and will especially appeal to anyone who has ever wondered, ‘What’s special about me?’
“Jack’s not one of life’s cool kids. He doesn’t shine on the sports field, nor does he rock the school band and he’s never top of the class. But he is funny and he does have a special gift. He just doesn’t know about it – yet.”
“The Amulet of Athlone is an exciting adventure about a special boy. It is full of twists and turns, extraordinary characters and has a fantastic plot. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put the book down. I can’t wait to read the whole series.”
– Joshua Evans, aged 11
“I really like this book about Jack McCool because the story starts in Australia and goes back to ancient Ireland. I have lots of cousins in Ireland so next time I visit I’ll be able to tell them all about it. Jack has such an amazing adventure…I wish I could go too!”
– Rory Hermann, aged 10
“I really liked The Amulet of Athlone because it is the type of book I have been looking for as it combines magical, Medieval and everyday life. I loved the intense moment at the tower on Alba and then you smashed it out of the park with what happens next. It was fantastic! I loved Jack McCool’s character so much I am going to dress up as him at my book parade.”
– Joshua Pryor, aged 10
“So exciting and really funny too. There are lots of plot twists in The Amulet of Athlone so I was always on the edge of my seat when I was reading it. Jack McCool is really cool. He has a lot of adventures so I’m glad the author has written more books about him because I can’t wait to read them.”