Jun 28, 2011

Tween Tuesday: Max Quick: The Pocket and The Pendant by Mark Jeffrey

3.5 fudgy brownies.

Cover Love: To be honest I didn't love this cover, until I read the book. I know that the kids on the front (Max and Casey) are whooshing and once I knew how it fit with the book I liked it way more! I also liked having a picture of Casey and Max in my mind.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
There is sort of a boy void in series books since the end of Percy Jackson. I am thinking that Max Quick might fill this void nicely. Here's the synopsis from Good Reads:

Max Quick is a pickpocket, a vagabond, an orphan, and a thief. Even so, nothing about him seems particularly special . . . until one day when time mysteriously stops. Suddenly, nearly everyone in the world is frozen in time—except for Max.

Now Max must journey across America to find the source of the Time-stop. Along the way, he meets others who aren't suspended in time, like Casey, a girl who's never been on her own until now. Together, as they search for the cause of this disaster, Max and his companions encounter ancient mysteries, magic books, and clues to the riddle of stopped time. But relentless and mysterious villains are hot on Max's heels and will do everything in their power to prevent Max from ending the Time-stop. And the closer Max gets to the answers, the more it seems that his own true identity is not what he once believed.

Racing against a clock that no longer ticks, Max must embrace his past to save his future—and the world—from being altered forever.

I Kept Reading Because:
The idea of this book was fascinating and I wanted to see how it was resolved!

Romance?: Maybe the start of one!

What I Liked (& Didn't):

First of all, this is a very hard book to review without giving too much away.

This was a good introduction to Max Quick. The plot lost me a little bit towards the end, but I felt it was a good set up to more adventures for Max and his friends.

I liked when they went to the city that was full of kids the time stop didn't affect. That was fun and brought to mind a Max Max type feel for me.

The reason for the time stop and who Max is was a surprise for me but it worked for me. I think middle grade readers will totally eat it up!

In the next book I want Max to have some powers (or to demonstrate them).

To Sum Up: A good start to a series that I will be buying for my library. An easy read for middle schoolers!

Read by Mark Jeffrey's guest post here!
Book sent from Harper Collins and the author. Thanks!

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