A witty fable about Jack, who runs away from the Opportunities School for Orphans and Foundlings to become an ideas peddler, selling whims, concepts, plans, impressions, notions and fancies. For young Jack, life is tough at the Opportunities School for Orphans. But Jack is good at staying out of trouble. In his years at the Opportunities School he has skipped over trouble, danced around trouble, slid under trouble, melted away from trouble, talked his way out of trouble and slipped between two close troubles like a cat through a picket fence. When Jack turns twelve, he is given the biggest opportunity of all, but suddenly his life is nothing but trouble. Still, he is a clever and resilient boy, and eventually he makes his way into the big world. He has no family and no fortune, but he has something even more valuable. Jack is rich in ideas, and soon he finds there is a place for an enterprising boy who has whims, concepts, plans, opinions, impressions, notions and fancies to spare. In the tradition of Natalie Babbitt, Sarah Ellis brings her quirky sense of humor and imagination to bear in this witty, warm fable. Bruno St-Aubin’s evocative black-and-white illustrations capture perfectly the dreadful Schoolmaster Bane, the crowlike accountant Mr. Ledger, Lou the skinny bun merchant, and Christabel, the miller’s little daughter.