Becoming Jesse — Celebrating the Everyday Magic of Childhood
By Patsie McCandless
Stirring every day magic, wisdom and wonder into a tale of discovery, Becoming Jesse tells the story of a six-year-old orphaned boy of comic charm, simplicity, and soul-lighting wisdom.
Jesse O’Neil lives in 1950s New York City with his beloved grandmother – Dearie – a once-upon-a-time Irish gypsy, who runs her own theater; and his young uncle Conor, who is studying to be an actor.
Filled with shenanigans, drama and mystery, Jesse’s young life swirls through a melting pot of apartment characters: an enchanting old storyteller, a jolly Tugboat captain, a spiteful old lady, playful children, and an unsavory character, who smells of trouble.
Theater, music, classic literature and gypsy storytelling play their parts to the hilt, as Jesse’s quest finds the true meaning of blessings, fulfillment, and the magic of our inner light.
Your Magic is waiting for you. Light ON!
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“Becoming Jesse is a radiantly magical story… inspirational… with a very profound message, because it’s really about becoming the magic in you.”
“Sure to become a new classic, the characters in Becoming Jesse come to life like old friends you just can’t wait to visit. Every night my son begged for just one more chapter!”
“Put down your phone, turn off the TV, and open this book. You’ll return to the magic of your childhood.”
A beautiful story that touches my heart, bringing home the message that magic is everywhere – we just have to be aware and welcome it into our lives.
“Full of thoughtful, delightful stories with clever, new, ‘brillish’ words, Becoming Jesse empowers children – and grown-ups – to become their dream.”
“A timely, much-needed story, guiding us with love and inner light. I laughed and cried and was spellbound by the twists and turns. I highly recommend it for parents, grandparents, teachers and children.”
“A marvel! I loved the affirmation of the joy of living and acceptance of mortality.”
Becoming Jesse — Celebrating the Light Within the Journey
By Patsie McCandless
On the journey to the island of his ’disappeared’ grandmother – Lady Jessica, another passage weaves its way through Jesse’s travels as he learns more of his beloved Grandmother, Dearie, and comes face-to-face with the surprising realities of his dream quest.