The Invisible Staircase

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Children Stories  |  House: Booksie Classic
Craig Smicks is not getting on with his father. In order to restore peace in the household, Craig is sent to holiday with his aunt and uncle in a small regional town in Queensland, Australia.
Craig's aunt notices his need for glasses but an error is made with the prescription and Craig is able to temporarily see magical happenings around him, including the discovery of an amazing, invisible staircase on the side of the town's giant silos.
Accompanied by new-found friends, Craig discovers a magical new dimension that is filled with adventures and which seems to possess a special ability to remind him of his poor choices and their consequences.
Craig's negative attitude sends him headlong into an adventure featuring Australian animals, characters, history, flora and fauna. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery aided by the mysterious happenings in the country.

Table of Contents

Dying to Arrive in Kingaroy

Submitted: February 23, 2017

  If the rather round, over-cheerful bus driver had not eaten his greasy breakfast of eggs and bacon that morning, he may have s... Read Chapter

The Replacement Bus

Submitted: February 23, 2017

In a flurry of activity, things began to happen. An ambulance arrived to take the recently departed bus driver away. A couple of peop... Read Chapter

Journey's End

Submitted: February 23, 2017

Sunset was painting the sky red and orange when the replacement bus rolled into the outskirts of Kingaroy. "Kingaroy", proclaimed the... Read Chapter

The Test

Submitted: February 23, 2017

Craig awoke abruptly from a deep sleep when Uncle Bill slammed the back door and revved up the old Holden station wagon. Craig wondered i... Read Chapter

Seeing But Not Believing

Submitted: February 23, 2017

Life in Kingaroy was a bit slow for the next couple of days. Because the weather was hot, Aunt Janice gave Craig money for the public... Read Chapter

A Night Time Plan

Submitted: February 23, 2017

Walking slowly back to Aunt Janice's house, Craig vowed he would return to the silos that night. He wondered what the staircase would rev... Read Chapter

Meeting the Twins

Submitted: February 23, 2017

The optometrist shop opened its doors for business at 9.00am sharply. Craig pushed through the double glass entry almost before the s... Read Chapter

The Twins Help Out

Submitted: February 23, 2017

So Craig set about relaying his story about the mix-up with the glasses, walking past the peanut silos, seeing and then not seeing the gl... Read Chapter

Climbing the Staircase

Submitted: February 23, 2017

Sneaking away from his aunt and uncle seemed a lot easier this time. Uncle Bill had returned from work hungry and tired. Just as soon... Read Chapter

In the Silo

Submitted: February 23, 2017

Trying very hard not to show his surprise, Craig looked about him. He appeared to be standing in the foyer, on the ground floor of a very... Read Chapter

Red Ant

Submitted: February 23, 2017

"That was close!" exclaimed Craig as the little group made their way across the road to the train station. "Look, you two. I really want ... Read Chapter

The Mystery

Submitted: February 23, 2017

The hungry trio decided to return to the station park to eat their lunch. Craig wanted to see if any more phantom trains arrived and ... Read Chapter

A Plan to Go to Larga

Submitted: February 23, 2017

The return trip to Kingaroy went without serious incident. Jes, Misty and Craig entered the large glass doors of the Sanatorium and t... Read Chapter

Riding the Phantom

Submitted: February 23, 2017

Right on the dot of eight o’clock a battered black sedan pulled up at Aunt Janice's front gate. The twins were hanging out of the c... Read Chapter

Discovering Larga

Submitted: February 23, 2017

The children pushed against the busy throng at Larga station and made their way to the well-lit exit sign. The exit seemed to be jammed w... Read Chapter

The Capture

Submitted: February 23, 2017

The frantic ride through Larga's countryside proceeded uneventfully until quite suddenly the bus driver uttered a loud exclamation and ja... Read Chapter

The Barn

Submitted: February 23, 2017

A very big surprise was waiting for them within the pink barn. The barn had two levels, a ground floor and a mezzanine floor that str... Read Chapter

The Ants

Submitted: February 23, 2017

The scene in front of Craig was as horrible as any he could have imagined. He could just make out Misty and Larry, sitting in amongst... Read Chapter

The Ted Keller Gang

Submitted: February 23, 2017

"Sshhh," warned Craig, "I think I hear something.” He halted in his tracks, holding up his hand to warn the others to stop moving and l... Read Chapter

Plans A and B

Submitted: February 23, 2017

The Ted Keller gang sat in a huddled group for more than fifteen minutes. During that time, voices were occasionally raised and then lowe... Read Chapter

The Escape

Submitted: February 23, 2017

Craig figured that it was about four in the afternoon by the time Plan B got under way. This meant, he realized with a sudden heart start... Read Chapter

The Pizza Advertisement

Submitted: February 23, 2017

Plan C turned out to be not much of a plan at all. To Craig's dismay, once the excitement had died down, the Keller Gang seemed to lo... Read Chapter

Mr Wood's Constructions

Submitted: February 23, 2017

Walking quietly in single file, the children, led by Craig, emerged one by one from the cover of the grasses and stared at the strange si... Read Chapter

Alone Again

Submitted: February 23, 2017

Mr. Wood left the children to finish their meal and went out to his ramshackle barn. It wasn’t long before a clamour of horse hooves an... Read Chapter

Magical Ms. Mung

Submitted: February 23, 2017

The sudden lack of light caused the children to catapult into one another. The Willowbie children were last in line and also the slowest ... Read Chapter

It's Okay, After All

Submitted: February 23, 2017

The beautiful king parrots settled with an enormous flapping of wings, sounding as if Larga was being invaded by a swarm of helicopters. ... Read Chapter

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