September 20, 2011

Max Quick: The Pocket and the Pendant by Mark Jeffrey

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 9:49 pm by suebe2

Max Quick: The Pocket and the Pendant
by Mark Jeffrey
AR 4.1

Max Quick is many things — pick pocket, orphan and vagabond.  Max knows this much about himself but little more.  His past?  A complete blank.

After missing the school bus, Max pays a visit to a local museum.  Things might have gone differently if Max had gone through the front door like most visitors.  But, as so often seems to be the case with Max, he was in a bit of a fix and ducks in the back way.  Slipping into a store room to hide, Max discovers a robbery in progress and is surprised when the leader lets him go.

But Max doesn’t have time to ponder why because as he is fleeing the museum, everyone but Max freezes in place.  The delivery man Max has just run into doesn’t fall but remains suspended in mid-air.  Air planes hang frozen in the sky.

Max soon discovers that this isn’t the only strangeness.  He can suddenly run much faster than he ever has before.  When he skids to a stop, he actually shoots sparks.

Soon Max meets other kids who can also move about.  Some are friends.  Other enemies.  But does that matter when an alien race appears and they have come to enslave the human race?

Jeffrey has created an amazing middle grade novel with a story based on an imagined mythology that combines elements of Egyptian and Sumerian mythology and possibly others that I don’t know enough about to recognize. Individual characters combine good and bad traits for a believable mix although young readers will definitely be rooting for the good guys.

This book is sure to appeal to the boy reader although there is plenty in here for girls as well.  Beauty and brains.  Geek and jock.  No single trait makes a kid one of the good guys.  Anyone can imagine themselves on the winning team.



  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read the book and review it!!! – Mark Jeffrey

    • suebe2 said,

      Thank you for writing it! I actually checked it out for my son but got to it while he was reading homework. I truly appreciate authors who give him more reading options.

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