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"Travelling Jack" is 12 and his mother is dying - Untill he meets Speedy Parker, an old black fairground hawker, who teaches him how to change their lives for ever. Jack finds himself in the Territories, a wonderous yet terrifying place, so like home yet with creatures so IMPOSSIBLE! Jack must journey from one coast of the USA to another (though distance is covered more quickly in the Territories there are stranger dangers all around), and he must bring home the Talisman to save both his mother and a Queen from another world.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   dimension travel--general    -   dimension travel--a parallel earth Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   cure/disease/bioweapon Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student If magical mental powers:    -   teleportation


Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   19th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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