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Jack Gregson & the Forgotten Portal

(Jack Gregson Trilogy #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  27 reviews
MOONBEAM AWARD WINNER! Something has changed at the Gregson Manor. An evil force from the family's past has returned to upheave their lives. Jack and his cousins explore the family secrets as they are pulled through a portal into a universe of endless worlds and possibilities. Together, they race to escape and destroy the evil Theorden and his followers who strive to unloc ...more
Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published January 24th 2018 by Crystal Publishing LLC (first published December 2nd 2015)
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Veronica ⭐️
Peter Wilson's Jack Gregson & the Forgotten Portal has now been picked up by Crystal Publishing re-edited and released in paperback. It's still the same great story only better. I gave the original release 5 stars and now it's even awesomer!!

Jack Gregson and the Forgotten Portal has all the right ingredients for a middle grade fantasy; old mansion with secret passages, eccentric great uncle/ grandparent, family secrets and three inquisitive children.

Jack must thwart the efforts of a nefarious vi
With Jack Gregson and his cousins David and Rosie in disgrace on the one day of the year that they most looked forward to, they ventured to the library to pass the time and try to stave off the boredom. The large combined Gregson family came together in the gardens of the Manor for lunch, games and catching up, with many of them not having seen each other since the previous year. It was Jack’s great uncle’s fault they were in disgrace – after their grandmother discovered their morning adventure, ...more
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*

Jack Gregson & the Forgotten Portal is a really fun little story, it's aimed perfectly at Middle school age children and really has a lot going for it.

Jack Gregson (age 13) and is the main character, followed closely by his cousins - David (age 13) and Rosie (age 11) and their grandmother. Jack is the sole main heir to the Gregson manor and all the magic, responsibilities and adventure that entails. Jack along with his cousins must battle th
Clare O'Beara
This fantasy features young people aged eleven to thirteen, and could come across as too dark for some readers of that age, though others will be fine with it. The setting would appear to be Britain because the house is five hundred years old and we're told there used to be a butler; this is reminiscent of a Diana Wynne Jones book but we do see a mobile phone. To start with Jack and his girl and boy pals are rambling around a big old house throwing dynamite at a stuck door which nobody in the fa ...more
Peter Wilson
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Jack Gregson & the Forgotten Portal by Peter Wilson begins with the entire Gregson family gathered at the family manor for an annual get-together. In the Western Garden there is a mystical door that has been locked for ages, with only stories of ancestors who could travel through the door and into a world of monsters and wizards to keep the magic alive.

Jack and his cousins discover an enchanted book on the
Spyke Spakattak
Jun 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter Wilson's debut novel strikes all the right chords for a teenage fantasy - mystery, surprise, intrigue and wonder with relatable characters. Even the older crowd will find something in this novel for them, the writing and pacing leaves you wanting more.

At times it felt like the story was about to wander into cliche but instead we were delivered a wonderful twist on our expectations. Similarly, the world building can at times leave you guessing as to the relevance of certain pieces of infor
Billy Buttons
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: Jack Gregson & The Forgotten Portal
Author: Peter Wilson

Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 16
Editing: 10/10
Writing Style: 9/10
Content: 9/10
Cover: 10/10
Of the 16 readers:
16 would read another book by this author.
15 thought the cover was good or excellent.
15 felt it was easy to follow.
16 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
7 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘writing style’.
Jan 27, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Gregson and the Forgotten Portal is an exciting debut for the talented Peter Wilson. He has written an adventurous and entertaining book. I enjoyed going back being introduced to the Gregson Manor. I loved getting to know the main character, Jack Gregson, as well as, his friends, David Rose. I admired their bravery, determination and courage trying to fight the evil through various portals. The danger and terror they face kept me intrigued and I was often on the edge of my seat just waiting ...more

3.5 stars
I received a complimentary copy of this book from iRead Book Tours. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

The trio from Jack Gregson & the Forgotten Portal (Jack, David, and Rosie) reminded me of Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione. Three young adults band together to save their home, family, and friends from an evil, magical being. In both scenarios, there was a chosen one (teen) who had the power to defeat the villain. Of course, he can’t do it alone. He needed assistanc
Jack Gregson and his cousins, David and Rosie, live in the old family Gregson Manor. The manor has a locked door and Jack, David, and Rosie have tried everything to open the door, including dynamite. When they discover a book in the library, they discover that there is much more to the manor and the Gregson name than they could’ve imagined. The book leads them to a magically concealed attic and garden. A woman living in the attic reveals that the Gregson family is in charge of defending a portal ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in a planned series, Jack Gregson & The Forgotten Portal is an enchanting and fast-paced children’s novel that will grab your imagination.

The series starts in the stately Gregson Manor, owned for hundreds of years by the Gregson family. The family has a magical history, but how much is fact and how much is fiction? When an evil force takes over part of the Manor gardens, it’s up to our hero to find out what’s going on, and save their world from the evil Theorden.

The fantasy worlds
Dani Vee
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first thing you notice about this novel is the tight narrative structure and language. Whoever edited this novel (and we will find out during the upcoming podcast) they are a master!

Each chapter 'cliffhanger' propels you to the next making it a quick but enjoyable read. The characters a likeable, particularly Anthrow, and the magic is strangely fun - especially the Chaos Pixie! The magic is balanced well between Earth and the worlds of the portal. The wonderful thing about magic is that anyt
Joe Crowe
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is short, but brings the heat in only 150-plus pages.

A kid and his cousins adventure through portals trying to stop a bad guy and his followers. The story feels like a cartoon or a movie from the 80s such as "Goonies" or "Dungeons and Dragons."

This one is energetic, fun, and imaginative, like the cartoons and movies I mentioned. It's clear that the author was having a blast putting a bunch of way-out ideas into this one; I'm anxious to see what the kids have to face in the next one.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Other reviews have gone over the plot summary pretty well, so I'll focus on impressions of the book as a whole. It was a fast-paced, fun read that I think kids will enjoy. Long-time readers of fantasy may find the plot somewhat predictable, but the imaginative world, interesting characters, and magical adventures are sure to interest young readers. With the importance of family at its core, this story is worth reading.

(Caution: occasional strong language)
Aug 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg
I'd just finished a run of MG books, and although they were appropriate for the readers they are targeted at, I felt I was done. But this has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while, so I picked it up. I didn't want to read it. But at just over 150 pages, it was short. Maybe I'll skim the first couple of chapters, I said. But it grabbed me by the throat and dragged me into the story against my will. I couldn't put it down.

A mysterious portal, magic objects, fun characters, family secrets, and a
Nell Hamilton
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading this book with a 10 year old who suffers from anxiety. He is completely engaged with the smart, bold boy hero. There’s enough action here to thoroughly engage him. As a fan of fantasy literature this is a good read.
Julie Morgan
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and so did my son! He felt like he was taken on an incredible journey every night that we read it together. It’s a brilliant story and one that can be rarely enjoyed by both parent and child.
Mar 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack Gregson & the Forgotten Portal (book one) by Peter Wilson was a great start to this middle school fiction series. I have to say I liked the clean read aspect of it that kept the book free of sexual content, while still taking the reader on a fantasy adventure. Jack was quite easily my favorite character and I look forward to reading more about him in book two!!

Jacques Coulardeau
An extremely interesting book for children and young teenagers. It associates the mystery of an old house, which is haunted in a way, but not so much by ghosts as by wizards and witches from several past generations, with the fantasy of portals opening onto multiple worlds and universes by some kind of tunneling instant travel. At the same time the main heroes are teenagers between 11 and 13, three of them since three is magic, and magic there is, black and white, evil and good, aggressive and p ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author for giving me a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Review:

This was a short, fun read.

Jack and his two cousins, David and Rosie, discover a secret within their family and have to stop the evil within many portals in order to stop it from getting to Earth.

This is a fun fantasy adventure that is perfect for middle graders, especially if they’re trying to find a book or series to really get into.

The world was unique with the many portals, diffe
G.L. Wilson
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack Gregson and the forgotten portal' Is a cracking read for kids. A story driven adventure it bowls along at a fair pace and is full of entertaining escapades. The book is about Jack Gregson, a boy whose wealthy family have a secret. It would be unfair to reveal to a prospective reader exactly what the secret is so let's just say Jack finds out something that changes his life and precipitates a quest to save his family and his family home (a quest that involves several different coloured preci ...more
Laura Ruetz
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a short novel that is perfect for young readers, around 9 and older. It has a great quest story, that is both engaging and interesting. The story involves three children, a brother and sister and their cousin, Jack. From a mysterious house with a mystery, they find themselves on a quest. While it has a bit of a slow start, the story quickly picks up in terms of the action and you won't want to put it down until you are down. The book has humor, engaging characters - Jack and his cousin a ...more
Karen Terrell
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so dang fun! It's original, funny, imaginative, descriptive - it's the kind of book I could see being turned into a movie for the big screen. The only problem I had with it was that there were a number of punctuation and spelling errors (I'm told there's been editing since I first purchased it on Kindle). Normally, this might have made me stop reading the book early into it - and I guess it's a testament to the story that I could not stop reading it - even as I was mentally editing ...more
Jay S
My review is on "". I'm too busy to redo things if the software cannot link by itself.

I gave to "4 out of 5 stars", since the perils for the three children (11 and 13) were too dangerous for the "responsible adult" to allow.
Gina  Mitchell
Peter Wilson’s debut middle-grade tale is a fantastic read for ages 10 and up….way up! I think most readers will enjoy the story of Jack Gregson and his travels through the portal with David and Rosie.

The Gregson Manor is practically a character itself. What teen wouldn’t love to be the heir to such a magical house?

The humor is sometimes subtle and many times laugh out loud funny.

Don’t take my word for it, grab a copy today and travel the world with this beloved trio.

You can read my interview wi
Tom King
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Wilson's debut novel in the Jack Gregson series of young adult/fantasy novels is pretty much standard wander-around-picking-up-magic-stuff sorts of fantasy novels. It comes off like a video game plot. Peter asked me to read and review this because he saw my review of The Chronicles of Narnia. I get a lot of requests for reviews from new fantasy authors because of my Lewis review.

People writing novels that borrow the magical elements like the doors to other worlds and evil witches idea from
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Peter Wilson is an award-winning writer based in Sydney Australia. His first novel, Jack Gregson & the Forgotten Portal has won awards internationally, in both the USA and United Kingdom, and quickly became a favourite with young readers.

Peter’s second novel Jack Gregson & the Forgotten Sons, the second book in his trilogy series, is set for release in 2019.

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Other books in the series

Jack Gregson Trilogy (2 books)
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