“When time stops all over the world, creating ‘the Pocket’ of time
wherein basic physics are strangely altered, only Max Quick and a few
other kids seem to unaffected. While the rest of the world remains
frozen around them, Max — and Casey, Ian and Sasha — find that it is
up to them to discover how this has happened and reverse it. Along the
way, they encounter ‘quantum’ Books, ancient artifacts and other clues
to the riddle of stopped time. And Max finds that his own true
identity may not be what he once believed. Now he must embrace his
past to save the future and prevent the very world from being altered
I love young adult novels and was very curious about reading Max Quick: The Pocket and the Pendant. I was intrigued with the concept of time stopping in the world, except for a few certain people. The way that the book really ‘sucked’ me in was the fact that we did not know Max’s true identity. I wanted to know who or even what he was.
One thing that I liked was that Mr. Jeffrey had good control over the story. There are many different things going on in this book and the book could have been a huge mess! Events in the book are resolved well and have meaning to the overall plot. I hate it when I read books and things happen that do not help the story move along. This book did not do that.
My favorite thing about this book was the characters’ means of travel. They can run really fast. It is explained with physics concepts in the book, it is hard to explain! I also like that they move to different places by ‘entering’ books.
I will say that this is probably one of the strangest books I have read in a long time. I did enjoy it though. I was excited to find out that it is a series. I am very interested in reading the next in the series. I think middle school kids and even some younger kids will enjoy it as well!
Do not just take my word for it! Max Quick has been getting some great recognition! It is a 2011 Junior Library Guild Selection and was mentioned by Oscar nominated address, Abigail Breslin in a recent interview. She says it is one of her favorites.