Jacob's Grandpa Portman had fantastic stories, about the orphanage he grew up in, fighting in World War II, and his many adventures. Jacob wanted to be an explorer, just like his grandfather. As Jacob got older, however, he started to feel like the stories his grandfather told him couldn't possibly be real. Even after Grandpa Portman showed Jacob pictures, "proving" some of the most magical things to be true, Jacob felt cheated. He knew the pictures, like of a boy lifting a heavy boulder over his head and the girl who could levitate, must be some photographic trick. Eventually his grandpa just shrugged and gave up trying to convince him.
Jacob's family was rich, his mother's family owned a large chain of pharmacies in Florida. As was family tradition, when he got into high school he started working at one, even though he hated it. No matter how much he tried to sabotage it he couldn't get fired. Now that he'd grown up he still loved and was close to his grandfather, but his grandfather had gotten older too and was prone to bouts of wildness and paranoia. One afternoon he got a particularly disturbing call from his grandfather, telling him he needed the key to his gun cabinet, which Jacob's father had taken to prevent him from doing anything crazy. When his grandfather wouldn't calm down, Jacob and his best friend go to check on him. The events that follow will take Jacob on a crazy adventure, where he will discover that perhaps his grandfather was not so crazy after all.
Fans of fantasy stories like Harry Potter will love learning about a magical world that is all around us but invisible only to those special individuals, the most peculiar. I really enjoyed the story and hope that you will too! This title is available to check out as a book or eBook on Overdrive. And if you enjoy this book, check out the second title in the series, "Hollow City". There is also a movie version, check it out or put it on hold from the library today!