Ever since his soldier father is killed in Afghanistan, Jack has been frightened. He has nightmares. He doesn't see his friends as often. He worries. He worries all the time. So when his mother suggests traveling across the country to the Jersey Shore for the summer, his fears escalate.

But Jack is about to experience the magic and mystery of Black Jack Jetty. Join Jack and the treasure-hunting cousins as he discovers the healing powers of family. Learn how the Atlantic shore, with its crashing waves, ragged rocks, and sandy beaches, helps Jack to cope with his father's death and to celebrate life.

About the Author
Born, educated, and living in Philadelphia, Michael A. Carestio has spent much of his career in advertising as a Creative Director. His first entry into children's literature reflects the loss of his own father at a young age. The story takes place on the South Jersey Shore, where his family gathers in summer.
Reviews & Awards
  • Learning Magazine Teachers' Choice Award for the Family

In this timely novel, Carestio tells the story of Jack, whose soldier father died in Afghanistan. The 10-year-old is not ready to let go of his grief as he and his mother travel from Colorado to the New Jersey shore to spend the summer with his father's relatives, including a houseful of noisy cousins…The boy's anger, guilt, and anxiety are all natural expressions of grief and realistic elements in the story. The plot also revolves around an unsolved mystery at the family home, and Jack's unique personality makes him the perfect candidate to solve it. When the story ends, Carestio speaks directly to children who have experienced the death of a parent, writing realistically about what to expect.
—School Library Journal

If I were a ten year old facing the first great trauma of my life, this is the book I would have wanted to fall into my hands.
—Reese Palley, author, A 7,000 Year History of Concrete, Call of The Ancient Mariner, Unlikely People, and There Be No Dragons

I must be an adolescent at heart! Black Jack Jetty is sensitive and sensible—a winning combination.
—Sally Friedman, national columnist, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, and Bride's Magazine

A heartfelt story. A valuable tool in helping children confront grief.
—The Moyer Foundation