Jack is an ordinary boy in
a family of geniuses. His Uncle Jack, despite his awful rep, helps Jack
take on a mysterious air as clairvoyant. Grandmother has an obsession with
the memory of her cat. Thomas. Sister Rosie, trying to capture a portrait
of the cat is foiled by Uncle Jack's kyromaniac daughter, Daisy. Jack's
dog Zero seems well-named. The father gets caught reading comics and is
forced to come off his high horse.
Imagine life with a family
full of talents, a four-year old pyromaniac cousin, and a Grandma full
of rude remarks. Twelve-year old Jack is "ordinary"; he doesn't feel
he is as talented as the rest of his family. His Uncle Parker helps
him become a "prophet", which is someone who can envision things.
When Jack's visions start coming true his family is at first annoyed, then
scared..... Ordinary Jack by Helen Cresswell is a must-read book.
(Orren A., 4th grade, The Little School)