Jack Tideswell is twelve years old and lives with his eccentric grandmother in a terraced house on the edge of Morton Muxloe, a small market town. His parents died on a diving expedition when he was five. But he doesn’t talk about that.
Nan has always been a fuss body. It’s only natural when you’re raising a boy who’s lost both his parents. Except Nan has other reasons for being protective of Jack; reasons she can hardly admit to herself.
Charlie Day is Jack’s best friend. What he likes about her most is the way she always speaks her mind. Even when it’s something he doesn’t want to hear … which happens to be quite often.
Bill Armitage and Lily
Bill Armitage is a ship’s engineer and the son of a lighthouse keeper, a big bear of a man with an equally big heart. If anyone can show Jack how to stand and fight it’s him.
When Jago Flyn arrives, whistling across the fields, the birds sing louder in response. The sky is bluer, too, and suddenly the world is a more exciting place. At least, that’s how it seems to Jack.
Meet the Illustrator
Meet Amanda Pike and find out how the characters of The Mirror of Pharos leapt off the pages from words to sketches to full colour compositions.