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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, a stock of one-liners and an ADHD brain.
The Chronicles of Jack McCool are 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?’