Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
Lonely and already cynical about the world, 13-year-old Jack Carlisle's mother is so busy working since his father abandoned them, that she doesn't seem to care or notice whether or not he is alive. Feeling sorry for himself, he decides to run away, but just before he departs, his wise nanny hands him a magic book containing stories of Magic Island, pirates, and the good Prince Morgan. The book transports Jack to the thick of the action and soon all thoughts of running away disappear.
abandonment, cynic, fantasy, mother, nanny, neglect, pirate [seafarer], reality, runaway [from home]