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"The story is an 'out of place' tale about a young teen and his uncles who've been flung into an alternate dimension or timeline where America was never colonized and magic still pops up now and again. Our hero, Jack, and his uncles wash ashore on a tropical island where weird things just keep happening: ducks talk, soldiers pop off their heads and schools of fish put on clothes.
"It sounds more surreal than it is, because the focus is on Jack and how he adapts to the strangeness about him. That is what gives Colonia
its charm, and its just slick enough to keep adults and young readers entertained. I'd liken it to Pirates of the Caribbean
meets Chronicles of Narnia.