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Nick Smith, now eleven, is faced with an unexpected event. Emma, his newest friend, is off to attend an out-of-town boarding school. The summer is almost over and he’s spending the last days alone. Emma’s already left… gone on vacation with her family before she heads off to school. Soon after her departure Nick’s mother receives a special delivery letter from Professor Jones of The Institute. He’d met the professor during their recent trip to Gran Canaria. He wonders what the letter contains.
During dinner that evening his mum and dad reveal the contents of the letter. To Nick’s surprise, it contains an invitation for him… he’s been invited to attend The Institute’s private school. His mum reveals that she attended The School as a child with her twin brother and his aunt who’d died when he was just a baby. His mum tells him that she really enjoyed the experience. It was lots of fun, even though the schoolwork was difficult. The decision is his to make they informed him. His mum shares few details about The School leaving it shrouded in mystery. She explains he’ll understand should he decide to attend.
Nick is faced with a tough choice: attending a nearby school or an incredible adventure in a place he knows little about. He consults his trusted advisor Pecan to no avail. Pecan believes it’s Nick’s decision to make. After a night’s sleep he makes his decision… he’ll have the same experience his mum, uncle, and aunt had growing up. Even though he’ll miss his mum and dad, he thinks the experience will be worth it.
Many unexpected adventures and surprises await. He’ll make new friends… and lifelong enemies. His incredible adventure is about to begin!
With a positive outlook and a yearning to make his parents proud, the story of the little boy rescued from the ashes will delight generations of readers.