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November 24 , 2007

Jay, Lizzie and the Tale of the Stairs


A teenage boy, Jay Webber, believes there is something ‘under’ his bed. Jay lives with his dad because his mum is in hospital. Mum has cancer. Jay tries to convince his dad that there are noises and voices coming from under his bed but his dad doesn’t believe him. The story opens with Jay telling his dad that he heard someone asking for help.
One night Jay is visited by the ghost of a little girl in what seems like another dream. She asks him to help her find her brother with his ‘special powers’.
On Dad’s insistence, Jay tells his doctor about the dreams and voices. Here we meet the villain, Dr Meen. Both Lizzie and Dr Meen have one thing in common – they are keenly aware of Jay’s ‘special powers’.
Special powers? This is a new one on Jay. Nevertheless, on insistence from ‘Lizzie’, one night Jay follows his new friend down a long forgotten flight of stairs and a strange relationship with the people who inhabit the age of our grandparents begins where the ghost of the man in Jay’s dreams tells him of his life, his changing world, stories from the first war and of his son lost in the second.
His newly discovered ‘special powers’ aid Lizzie’s dad in a quest to find his missing son. However, whilst discovering the hardships of life after the war, these powers also uncover a plot to rekindle an evil thought buried in the rubble of Nazi Germany and now threatening to rewrite history and an evil that Jay and Lizzie have no choice but to try and overcome.

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