John Bray lives in a rural town in Perthshire, Scotland. The countryside around him, combined with his love of fantasy books, helped him to create the world of Jack and his companions. The first book in the series ‘Jack Reusen and the Fey Flame‘ was written as part of National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) and was a 2014 NaNoWriMo Winner. It follows Jack as he falls into a magical world called Fey, only to be followed home by a collection of weird and wonderful creatures (though some are more dangerous than others).
The second book in the series ‘Jack Reusen and the Spark of Dreams‘ was released in July 2015, in it Jack discovers that people are losing their ability to dream, even worse they are beginning to follow the wishes of a mysterious ‘shadow man’. Unfortunately for Jack, he may be the only person who can figure out how to stop the shadow man and bring back the spark of dreams.
You can follow the progress of the book series, and find out about events relating to the Jack Reusen books, by following John’s blog (just click the ‘blog’ tab above).
What prompted this particular series of books?
When John started reading chapter books to his son he noticed that often the chapters could be a little too long and sometimes difficult for his son to follow. He decided to see what he could do to create a book that might help children in their first years at school to enjoy chapter books and make their first steps into reading chapter books for themselves (though Jack’s adventures should appeal to older readers too).
Each chapter in a Jack Reusen book has been carefully paced to allow breaks and should take a competent reader at Scottish primary two level (year 2 in England, 1st grade US) about half an hour to read. It should also help reluctant readers in later years at school who may be having problems due to shorter attention spans or low confidence in their reading ability.