Jacob, King of Portalia

Jacob, King of Portalia

by Casey Clubb

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Overview

Jacob, King of Portalia by Casey Clubb

Jacob is the only one who can protect us all from a vengeful lunatic.

But Jacob's a tiny sixth grader who's scared of his own shadow. And his only known talent is hiding.

A misfit in his own home, a boy out of place in his own skin, Jacob has been hiding all his life-in his head, or behind his only friend.

His kind of different just isn't accepted.

He thought hiding would keep him safe. But he was wrong.

For Jacob's hiding has buried more than one truth, more than one secret. Including a destiny and a duty that are his to fulfill.

And a powerful talent. One that could doom his people.

Or save them...if he can find the courage to stop hiding from the thing that terrifies him the most-the truth about who he is:

A boy who likes boys.
A boy with a destiny foretold in an ancient legend.
A boy whose love could save us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620154571
Publisher: Libertary Co.
Publication date: 06/30/2014
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile: HL700L (what's this?)

About the Author

Casey Clubb lives near Portland, Oregon with her husband and her ever-growing collection of stuffed Tiggers.

For news and updates on Book Two—Jacob, Portal Master, visit www.caseyclubb.com.

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Paige_Ellen More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure: I was asked to review this book. I was skeptical because it is a book for the YA demographic, and I am 64. I believe this book has much to entertain and teach people of all ages. It is a great adventure. It is a great coming of age story (the best I've read since Ray Bradbury's, "Dandelion Wine").It's no surprise that we begin with Jacob, a small, about-to-turn-12, wimpish boy, being bullied in school. He has a friend, Sammie, who does stick up for him. However, on this day, Friday, Jacob finds that his secret diary has been stolen and the bully plans to broadcast Jacob's most closely guarded secret to the school on the following Monday. The secret, Jacob is gay. He fears he will lose his only friend when this gets out. He will be all alone, he fears.But there is this one weekend, when he will turn 12 and he and sammie have plans to spend the weekend in the special treehouse thatJacob built with his now deceased father years before. It was a special place for them, but, Rick, Jacob's step-dad had said it was to be boarded up after the weekend.So far, it sounds like a typical tale of "tweener" angst. Then Casey Clubb own magic with the pen (keypad?) takes over. What follows in a magical adventure in a very different world, that of "Portalia." It's not a spoiler when I tell you that Jacob's father was actually King of Portalia and Jacob is the rightful heir to the throne. That's all I will say of the key facts of the story.Trust me, "Jacob, King of Portalia," is a great, wondrous tale of adventure in another world. It is almost psychedelic as Clubb describes it to us.Most of all it is a story of coming to believe in yourself, of accepting yourself just as you are. And in that self-acceptance, this becomes a story of love.I found one passage very meaningful, to the point that I wish I had heard this message/truth when I was twelve. In Portalia, the colloquialism for self-acceptance is "to grow into one's ears" (Jacob's are quite large). So many of us who felt we were "different" in unacceptable ways to others found a way to "hide" ourselves. Here is the passage, which is repeated in many different ways throughout the book: "All my life, I'd denied my own truth. And every time I did it, my soul had wilted, and I'd grown just a little bit smaller for my ears, and a little bit farther away from one day fitting my soul. And my heart had become more and more out of tune with my soul." WOW! What a great way of describing the damage done by denying what one knows to be true of oneself. Near the end, Clubb shows how such denial can lead to misunderstanding what others say and do. Clubb also shows how adults keeping truths secret from a child can be misconstrued as well.Now, I am an experienced psychotherapist, a member of the LGBT community, and most of all the father of a son and a daughter, each of whom have a boy and a girl of their own. I can state unequivocally that this beautiful, wonderful story represents the values I taught both my children and i wish all parents would teach their children. Values of love over hate, kindness over cruelty or apathy, self-love and self-acceptance as the gateway to loving others and accepting them as they are. And speaking one's truth with humility.Casey Clubb has begun showing the readers the only way to peace and love. One must grow into one's ears.Highest recommendation for all ages, but especially for the YA target audience AND their parents. Perhaps they could read it together....Full disclosure: I was asked to review this book. I was skeptical because it is a book for the YA demographic, and I am 64. I believe this book has much to entertain and teach people of all ages. It is a great adventure. It is a great coming of age story (the best I've read since Ray Bradbury's, "Dandelion Wine").It's no surprise that we begin with Jacob, a small, about-to-turn-12, wimpish boy, being bullied in school. He has a friend, Sammie, who does stick up for him. However, on this day, Friday, Jacob finds that his secret diary has been stolen and the bully plans to broadcast Jacob's most closely guarded secret to the school on the following Monday. The secret, Jacob is gay. He fears he will lose his only friend when this gets out. He will be all alone, he fears.But there is this one weekend, when he will turn 12 and he and sammie have plans to spend the weekend in the special treehouse thatJacob built with his now deceased father years before. It was a special place for them, but, Rick, Jacob's step-dad had said it was to be boarded up after the weekend.So far, it sounds like a typical tale of "tweener" angst. Then Casey Clubb own magic with the pen (keypad?) takes over. What follows in a magical adventure in a very different world, that of "Portalia." It's not a spoiler when I tell you that Jacob's father was actually King of Portalia and Jacob is the rightful heir to the throne. That's all I will say of the key facts of the story.Trust me, "Jacob, King of Portalia," is a great, wondrous tale of adventure in another world. It is almost psychedelic as Clubb describes it to us.Most of all it is a story of coming to believe in yourself, of accepting yourself just as you are. And in that self-acceptance, this becomes a story of love.I found one passage very meaningful, to the point that I wish I had heard this message/truth when I was twelve. In Portalia, the colloquialism for self-acceptance is "to grow into one's ears" (Jacob's are quite large). So many of us who felt we were "different" in unacceptable ways to others found a way to "hide" ourselves. Here is the passage, which is repeated in many different ways throughout the book: "All my life, I'd denied my own truth. And every time I did it, my soul had wilted, and I'd grown just a little bit smaller for my ears, and a little bit farther away from one day fitting my soul. And my heart had become more and more out of tune with my soul." WOW! What a great way of describing the damage done by denying what one knows to be true of oneself. Near the end, Clubb shows how such denial can lead to misunderstanding what others say and do. Clubb also shows how adults keeping truths secret from a child can be misconstrued as well.Now, I am an experienced psychotherapist, a member of the LGBT community, and most of all the father of a son and a daughter, each of whom have a boy and a girl of their own. I can state unequivocally that this beautiful, wonderful story represents the values I taught both my children and i wish all parents would teach their children. Values of love over hate, kindness over cruelty or apathy, self-love and self-acceptance as the gateway to loving others and accepting them as they are. And speaking one's truth with humility.Casey Clubb has begun showing the readers the only way to peace and love. One must grow into one's ears.Highest recommendation for all ages, but especially for the YA target audience AND their parents. Perhaps they could read it together....
Faye_MM More than 1 year ago
I just never expected to love this book. It was a different kind of read for me but when the opportunity to read this book was given to me. I thought, "why not give it a try". This story captivated me so much. Not to mention the world building especially Portalia. Plus did I mention that there are dragons, unicorns, werewolf, eagles (something to be said about this - they are not ordinary eagles), and a lot of other things as well. Jacob is a fascinating character. I really felt for him, for his fears especially towards himself. He has a low self esteem (which I can relate to) and if it weren't for his best friend Sam, who knows what would happen to him. He dreams big things despite his reality being harsh. On the celebration of his twelfth birthday, his heritage has been revealed and this secrets might just be too much for Jacob to handle especially knowing he has enemies he needs to defeat. Jacob may started out as weak character but overtime he tried to overcome them with the help of his friends and for him believing in himself. I really admire that quality of Jacob. Then there's the love life of Jacob. At first I thought he was in love with his best friend but apparently not. I misunderstood that part. Jacob and Milokah's relationship was so sweet and cute that I felt my heart fluttering especially when they felt connected to one another. There's another secret that was revealed about them that can I just say that their bond to one another was very strong. I liked the concept of the Prios men knowing who would be their love of their life in a young age while waiting to grow up to be together legally. I can't wait to see more of their relationship. I also liked the other characters especially Sammy. He was very protective of Jacob at the same a true friend. He's very smart as well and lucky for Jacob since Sammy's wisdom helped him. As much as I want to say more about the other characters I feel that I would just spoil it. But I'm glad that Jacob finally got his uncle back. I really liked the ending of the story despite it being book one. I was wishing for it not to be a cliffhanger that makes me want to pull my teeth out. The cliffhanger wasn't that bad. It makes you crave more of the story at the same time it makes you a little satisfied with how it ended. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.