Jack is a fifteen year-old boy stuck in a run-down small town. Trapped in a violent feud with a cruel older bully and facing another bout of summer school, Jack”s got all the problems he can handle. So when Jack”s aunt falls ill and his runty younger cousin must stay with him for the weekend the last thing Jack wants to do is look after him. Unfortunately no one really cares what Jack wants. Set over a hazy summer weekend, King Jack is a tough and tender coming of age story about friendship and finding happiness in bleak surroundings. Continue reading →
September, 1945. Sebastian impatiently waits for the return of his friend Angelina, whom he has not seen for two years. When the plane carrying the young woman to her small village in the Alps is reported to have crashed in the mountains, Sebastian is convinced that Angelina is still alive. Along with his faithful dog Belle, Sebastian embarks on the most dangerous adventure of his life . . . Continue reading →
The children of Ballydowse and Carrickdowse engage in battles in which they cut off the buttons, shoelaces, belts, and braces of their captured opponents. This gets their opponents in trouble with their parents. They go to battle in mass groups of dozens, wielding sticks and slingshots. It’s a battle of strategic skills for the opposing leaders, including one scene in which the principal gang uses an ancient war trick to overcome their opponents with successful–and itchy–results. Continue reading →
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