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Jack's Secret Summer

Jack Ryder



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Orchard Books
01 July 2020
Join the Secret Summer gang on an unforgettable magical adventure, full of humour and heart - for fans of THE FAMOUS FIVE and Roald Dahl.

Jack has been dreading the summer holidays - his dad works long hours, and so all he has to look forward to is an empty house. But when his boisterous neighbours, Bruno and Rocco, make it their mission to pull him into an adventure, his life will never be the same again.

Together they decide to explore the strange old house at the top of the hill, long abandoned and overgrown with ivy. But they soon discover the ivy hides more than just walls... the house is full of magical secrets, including a strange girl with no memory, who may hold the key to it all, if only she can remember...

Imaginative and fun-filled, Jack Ryder's first story is inspired by the summer holidays of his childhood and brought to life with glorious black-and-white illustrations by Alice McKinley. Young readers will be spellbound by this heartfelt adventure.
By:   Jack Ryder
Imprint:   Orchard Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Digital original
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   205g
ISBN:   9781444952971
ISBN 10:   1444952978
Series:   Jack's Secret Summer
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 July 2020
Recommended Age:   From 7 to 9 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jack Ryder was cast in the role of Jamie Mitchell in EastEnders at the age of 16, a character he played for five years. He then moved into theatre, performing in plays by Alan Bennet, Tim Firth and David Hare, before going on to direct Calendar Girls, The Full Monty and the West End production of The Band Musical. He played Evan Crowhurst in Holby City in 2019, and in January 2020 he is directing a production of Alan Bennet's The History Boys. It is his lifelong ambition to be a children's book author. Jack's Secret Summer is his first book.

Reviews for Jack's Secret Summer

Not all questions are answered in this first very readable book by Jack Ryder, but the nines-plus will be pleased to know there will be a sequel next year. * Newbury Weekly News * an exciting tale that grounds its gentle fantasy in the emotional life of its young hero * The Irish Times *

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