Ross and FaithRoss and Faith

Book Three in the Jack and the Magic Hat Maker series

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Book One – The Golden Telescope introduces us to our protagonist, orphan wizard, Jack Mac Paidin, whose parents, Ross and Faith, were killed in a tragic automobile accident when he was just five years old. This life-altering event also separated him from his older brother, Ethan, and his little sister, Sadie, all three children being raised by different, distant relatives. We meet Jack’s best friend, Bart, his dad, Bill Flanagan, and the rest of the core cast of characters in our story.

Book Two – The Kidnapping King goes further, expanding our connection to Jack and his unfolding magical abilities. We learn more about his older brother, Ethan, who is living with the children’s evil aunt, Inez.

In Book Three – Millions of years before Jack Mac Paidin was born, a rift existed between the forces of good and evil, foisting one energy against the other. Each side possessed its proponents and initiates, seeking to sway all humankind to their way of thinking. Only a rare, magical anomaly, known as The Power of Three, could tip the balance in favor of one side or the other.

Fast forward to 20th century Ireland, where the Mac Paidin family has held lands and influence for more than 100 years, and their magical legacy can be traced, through bloodline, to the origin of The Order of Light. As Sir Edward Mac Paidin’s youngest child and only son, Ross, Jack’s future father, is the heir apparent to the family fortune, inheriting the title of Magic Hat Maker to the British Crown.

But Ross has other plans.

However, unbeknownst to him, Inez, his older sister, is an apprentice to a powerful witch, secretly devoted to an evil organization known as The Dark Cabal. This demonic cult has seduced Inez to the dark side, and she is actively recruiting her younger sister, Clara, to join her in pursuit of world domination.

At the same time, far away in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, Jack’s future mother, Faith, is growing up in a world filled with strange, magical influences of its own.

How will Ross and Faith escape the bizarre magical world surrounding each of them to live a normal life, meet up, get married, and become parents to Ethan, Jack, and Sadie? What evil powers invade and ultimately crush their dreams, leaving Ethan, Sadie, and Jack orphans and subjects to the will of their manipulative extended magical family members?

Middle-graders and Young-adult readers alike will love the magical gadgets, time travel, portals, spells, and suspense found in the continuation of this fast-paced tale. With additional books following in this fantasy series, Jack and the Magic Hat Maker: Ross and Faith will expand readers’ understanding and immerse them in an exciting adventure through time and space, reality and fantasy, in pursuit of one boy’s journey for truth and revenge.


The Kidnapping King coverThe Kidnapping King

Book Two in the Jack and the Magic Hat Maker series

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.


The Golden TelescopeThe Golden Telescope

Book One in the Jack and the Magic Hat Maker series

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

“Amazingly creative, filled with details and imagery that fill your mind with scenes as if you’re there in the moment. I read this to my 8 and 5 year olds. They both loved it!! Definitely a book for all ages! Can’t wait for more!!”

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