Comet Jack

Comet Jack

by Steve Kopka


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Jack just moved to a new town, into a spooky new house. He's got no friends, sweatshirt-hooded bullies are stalking him, and his little sister won't leave him alone. He climbs up into the attic to get some peace and quiet and promptly falls through a window.

Instead of plummeting to his death on the front lawn, he opens his eyes to thousands of stars. A sun floats in the distance. Below him turns a blue planet.

He's in orbit.

But not around Earth: wrong continents, wrong oceans.

And technically it's not an orbit. Jack is falling. Everything is getting hotter.

Comet Jack is a novel about a fifth-grader who literally falls into trouble, featuring:

• An alien world in crisis
• Superpowers
• Time distortion
• A super-smart sidekick (don't call him a robot)
• Schoolyard tyranny
• A tattling sister

Jack wants to keep his head down and stay out of trouble, but doing nothing means dooming a planet to destruction and his new friends to intimidation and torment. Jack must stick his neck out to help people he just met, both on the other side of the galaxy and around the corner at his new school. Every time he tries, though, he just makes things worse...

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466273108
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Steve Kopka has written all his life and has always been drawn to speculative fiction. He still remembers the excitement of discovering whole other worlds that seemed written just for him. Comet Jack is intended to be one of those books, a book that opens up a new secret world, and perhaps for some young readers become That Book which hurtles them forever into the boundless world of reading. What was Steve's "That Book"? There were several, including: The Phantom Tollbooth, The Chronicles of Amber, Cat's Cradle.

Steve is a parent, aikidoist, groundless optimist, science enthusiast, skeptic of absolutes, and great believer in flexibility. He studied Classical Civilizations and Creative Writing at Beloit College in Wisconsin. He attended Viable Paradise Writer's Workshop in 2008. He lives in the Chicago area where, among other things, he attempts to improve his basketball game. He notes with sadness and great pride that his son is improving much faster than him.

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