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            The life of ten-year-old Zac Sparks changes overnight when his mother is killed by lightning. He’s sent to live in Five Corners with his Aunties, two cruel old hags who seem determined to make his life miserable. Before long Zac realizes something really strange is going on: Five Corners is populated with weird characters—a midget butler, a girl who doesn’t speak, a blind balloon seller, and a mysterious singer he can hear but not see. Then there’s the Aunties’ father, Dada. Zac’s first encounter with Dada is so terrifying he faints dead away.

            The one bright spot is Sky Porter, the proprietor of the general store across the street, a friendly soul who encourages Zac—when the Aunties aren’t looking—and shows him a kindness that is lacking from his dismal life. But Sky isn’t what he seems either, and when Zac learns Sky’s secret, he realizes, to his dismay, that this wonderful man may have a very dark side after all.

            When Zac discovers that the secret behind Dada and the strangeness of Five Corners, he knows many lives are at stake, including his own. With time running out, he must turn to the one person who might be able to help: Sky Porter. But can Zac trust him?

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An orphan faces an evil magician in this literary fantasy for readers of all ages that probes the depths of good and evil. When Zac Sparks’s mother dies, he’s sent to live in Five Corners with his cruel old Aunties. It isn’t long before Zac knows something strange is going on. Five Corners is populated with weird characters and the one bright spot is Sky Porter, a friendly soul who encourages Zac and shows him kindness. But Sky isn’t what he seems either, and when Zac learns Sky’s amazing secret, he sees that this wonderful man may have a very dark side as well. Zac knows many lives are at stake, including his own.

 

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            Zac thought his talk with Sky Porter was over, but now Sky looked at him with a glint in his eye—a hint of merriment, even mischief. The very air seemed to echo his change of mood, the sun choosing that moment to spill through the room’s one small skylight.

“You asked me the other day about my umbrella,” said Sky. “About why I always carry it. I gave you a partial answer. I think it’s time to answer you fully.”

Plucking his umbrella from its stand and making for the door, Sky motioned Zac to follow. To the boy’s surprise he headed up the stairs, the ones leading to the very place that had come to hold so much mystery for Zac. It all came rushing back to him—the strange lights he’d seen up there, the talk of haunting, the unknown footsteps and the shock they’d given him. Following Sky’s back up the narrow staircase, Zac felt a mixture of excitement and dread. Whatever was up there, would he now learn the secret?

 

 

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Mike Mason is the best-selling, award-winning author of The Mystery of Marriage, The Gospel According to Job, Practicing the Presence of People, and many others. He has an M.A. in English and has studied theology at Regent College. He lives in Langley, BC, Canada, with his wife, Karen.

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Jennifer Short, January 6, 2014 (view all comments by Jennifer Short)
Zac Sparks' mother was struck by lightening. After her funeral, Zac was taken to Five Corners to live with his cruel aunties. This is a book that reminded me of bits of James and the Giant Peach and Narnia. I don't believe it's for younger children, but I found it a fascinating read, because Sky Porter holds a secret -- a big secret. And when the auntie's dada wants Mr. Porter's umbrella, all kinds of strange things are revealed. (Note: while this is published by a Christian publishing house, there is nothing overtly Christian in it except a Bible verse at the end, so I believe anyone of any faith would enjoy this with no problem.) I am looking forward to reading the sequel, and it's rare I read sequels -- one of the best fiction books I have read in a long time.
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ISBN:
9781434765260
Author:
Mason, Mike
Publisher:
David C. Cook
Subject:
Christian - General
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Children s-General
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New
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in
Age Level:
from 9 up to 13

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An orphan faces an evil magician in this literary fantasy for readers of all ages that probes the depths of good and evil. When Zac Sparks’s mother dies, he’s sent to live in Five Corners with his cruel old Aunties. It isn’t long before Zac knows something strange is going on. Five Corners is populated with weird characters and the one bright spot is Sky Porter, a friendly soul who encourages Zac and shows him kindness. But Sky isn’t what he seems either, and when Zac learns Sky’s amazing secret, he sees that this wonderful man may have a very dark side as well. Zac knows many lives are at stake, including his own.

 

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            Zac thought his talk with Sky Porter was over, but now Sky looked at him with a glint in his eye—a hint of merriment, even mischief. The very air seemed to echo his change of mood, the sun choosing that moment to spill through the room’s one small skylight.

“You asked me the other day about my umbrella,” said Sky. “About why I always carry it. I gave you a partial answer. I think it’s time to answer you fully.”

Plucking his umbrella from its stand and making for the door, Sky motioned Zac to follow. To the boy’s surprise he headed up the stairs, the ones leading to the very place that had come to hold so much mystery for Zac. It all came rushing back to him—the strange lights he’d seen up there, the talk of haunting, the unknown footsteps and the shock they’d given him. Following Sky’s back up the narrow staircase, Zac felt a mixture of excitement and dread. Whatever was up there, would he now learn the secret?

 

 

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