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WHEN TIME mysteriously stops, young Max Quick must travel across America to find the source of this 'temporal disaster' Along the way, he and his companions encounter ancient mysteries, quantum Books, and clues to the riddle of stopped Time But the Max learns, the it seems that his own true identity is not what he once believeddrivenand driven wellby good oldfashioned scifi storytellingKirkus ReviewsForeWord Magazine 'Book of the Year' Finalist


10 thoughts on “The Pocket and the Pendant (Max Quick, #1)

  1. Mark Mark says:

    I wrote it, so I kinda like it :) Hope you do as well!!!!


  2. Sarah-Jane Sarah-Jane says:

    On March 14, at exactly 1:59 in the afternoon, the world stopped.

    From that first sentence, THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT grabs you and barrels you along a story that's fantastic in every sense of the word. It's funny, exciting, and fascinating, with tantalizing dollops of historical detail interwoven in a highly modern sci-fi adventure. While it's riveting and complex, it's also a touching story of friendship and finding one's own capacity in a truly unexpected manner. A real treat.


  3. Whatchyareading Whatchyareading says:

    My relationship with this book is long and sordid. Reading through the advance copy was not the first time I’ve read the story of orphan Max Quick, his lost memory and the day time stopped.

    Or, well, technically it was the first time I’d read it.

    Max Quick – The Pocket and the Pendant was, originally, a self-published book. And, after a set of events that I won’t go into here, it was also a podcast. Or a podiobook. Which is how I first discovered it, two years ago.

    Max Quick is a middle grade book, a little younger target than what we usually review, but it is still very awesome. It is the story of a young, orphan boy, who doesn’t remember anything beyond a few years ago, and who lives in a terrible home for boys. It is about him discovering friendship and loyalty and courage.

    I almost don’t even know what to say about the plot. Especially since I have the original all mixed up in my head with the soon-to-be published version. I love that it’s an intelligent, sci-fi adventure for boys that doesn’t treat children like idiots. It tackles physics, and ethics, and courage, and friendship.

    The plot for both versions is the same. Time stops. Oceans freeze. Planes hang in the sky. And people everywhere pause for an eternity. Except for a few children who are left parent-less and free in a world without rules. Max, the aforementioned orphan, is one of the children not frozen. He soon meets up with Casey, a young girl who’s a bit of an outcast, and Ian, who’s a bit of a geek. After some awesome adventures and discovery of cool things in the time-stopped world (picture mist, frozen in time, and children fighting in it. It’s awesome.) they come to the realization that, as far as they know, no one is trying to stop the time-stop. No one is helping them. And if they want the world back the way it’s supposed to be, they’ll have to take matters into their own hands.

    There is so much I love about this book, it’s difficult to know where to start. I love the characters and the dynamics of the group. I love the twists and turns the plot takes. I love the action and the science and the history. At the end of the book, you feel as if you’ve been entertained, and also as if you’ve learned something. I love the potential this book has to get children, and adults, excited about both reading and science. Those two things don’t usually go together.

    I appreciated that the real journey for the kids begins because they decide it needs to happen. No one is forcing them to do anything. They could have holed up in some out of the way location discovering all the weird things that happened as a result of the time-stop, but they decided that they were the ones equipped to deal with these extraordinary events. Again, the emphasis on free will is not something seen that often in middle grade books.

    Mark Jeffrey is really good at making things feel seamless. Like bringing together science fiction (aliens!) with creation myth and theories of the human consciousness. Or, on a smaller level, there’s a really great scene where Max first comes into contact with a character who can provide answers for him. But you know it’s at a time in the story where the author wouldn’t want to reveal too much to the audience, and then there’s a good plot reason that Max cannot get the answers. It doesn’t feel forced or as if they are being withheld on purpose. It really just didn’t make sense for the answers to be divulged at that moment.

    There were a couple things from the original that I missed, and one name was changed and I didn’t really like that at all. But then, there were a lot of things that I thought were better this time around, so I guess it was an even trade off.

    The book comes out April 26th (according to Goodreads) from HarperCollins. I highly suggest you pick up a copy. It’s a lot of fun, and has that great type of ending, where everything is wrapped up and you feel complete with the story, yet desperate for more. The best way to leave a book.

    Also, if I don’t get book 3 soon, I might just implode.

    Reviewed on WhatchYAreading on March 18, 2011.


  4. Phillip Phillip says:

    A great piece of fiction that as a bonus is also young enough to be juvenile fiction (so my kids can read it too). Great world, great plot lines, cool characters. Well done Mark!


  5. Hillary DePiano Hillary DePiano says:

    I read a lot of YA and when you read as much YA as I do everything starts to feel a little stale and familiar even if there is some new twist or gimmick. Familiar isn't a bad thing sometimes, but when I actually find something that shows me something truly new or unexpected, it deserves a special note. I really liked this book. One of the biggest appeals of Max Quick for me was its unpredictability. I'm not talking about twists but instead the way familiar tropes (aliens, time travel, mysterious heritage) are mashed-up in unexpected ways making for an enjoyable read. When the world stops for everyone else, there is some fantastic imagery (the chase scene in the frozen mist is one of my favorites) and some truly funny parts. The pace is fast enough that you're caught up in the mystery of the present (why is everyone frozen?) and the past (who is Max?) and find yourself reading longer then you planned for answers. The tension makes for a quick (ha! pun!) read and, though the plot is complex, I don't think the story ever gets bogged down by it. I'm truly looking forward to the next installment of the series and spending more time in this world.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I read (yes, actually read, not listened to the podcast) the original version of Max Quick that Mark self-published when it first came out. My review was (and weirdly still is) one of the featured reviews on that edition so I feel like it would be an elephant in the room if I didn't acknowledge here that this is a re-read for me. What are the differences between this version and the one that I originally read all those years ago? In general, everything is better. Scenes that were a little slow have been tightened, characters are better developed and there's 100% less tyranny of the italics key. ;-) In original review, I admitted to loving the story but being frustrated by the writing and I'm pleased to say that is no longer the case in this new edition. This is a good book. Period. If you're a fan of the podcast version and wondering if you should grab a copy of the hardcover now, I urge you to. It's the story you already love but leaner, tighter and just overall better.


  6. Michael Tritter Michael Tritter says:

    Every once in a while we all come across a book that speaks, and speaks to us individually, in a way that goes beyond the characters and events inside the story; when the story becomes more than a story. Like Lord of the Rings, A Wrinkle in Time, even The Da Vinci Code, there are times when the story becomes a vehicle for thinking about who we are, what defines us, where we come from and where we are going, and Max Quick is just such a story. I'm not saying that I now believe exactly what author Mark Jeffery has put down in The Pocket and the Pendent to be the same as fact, just as the Lord of the Rings hasn't made me believe that elves and orcs are running around in the woods, but that it has stimulated thought, which in the end is the about the best thing a book can do. When we are kids our sense of wonder and open-minded exhilaration at the mysteries of the universe are so much more attuned, and this is a story that a kid can really get excited about (okay, as someone in the early 40's, I got excited too). As many reviews have mentioned, M. Jeffery has brought together magic, sci-fi, religion, metaphysics, philosophy, creation, and more into a face-paced story with truly excellent results.

    This is a great book, plain and simple. If there is any one common suggestion, amongst all the praise, it is that it would benefit from the professional polish of a top-editor and a large publishing house - well that is exactly what has happened through M. Jeffery's current association with HarperCollins. I'm excited for the revision and looking forward to purchasing the new version in March. Max Quick: The Pocket and the Pendant

    [[ASIN:0061988928 Max Quick: The Pocket and the Pendant]]


  7. Erin Erin says:

    This is not my usual genre, so it was with some hesitation that I picked up this book. A friend had recommended it as being in the vein of Harry Potter and thought I should give it a read. While I am clearly not the target audience for this story, which I think would be pre-teens and teens, I quite enjoyed The Pocket and the Pendant. In fact, it was a lot of fun to step away from all the serious, sober fiction I normally read and escape to the fantastical and energetic world of this book. I tore through the story, enjoying every last minute of it.

    Max Quick is an orphaned 12-year old with amnesia, stuck in a lousy home for boys in California. While Max is running away from the school, something very strange happens. Time suddenly stops. All around him, people are frozen in space. Confused and concerned, Max wanders through town alone. But he soon discovers that he is not actually alone. Two other people seem to be with him in the pocket of normal time and space. The first, Siren, is a scar-lashed and threatening man, who seems to know more about Max than Max knows about himself. The second, Casey, is a girl Max's age who quickly becomes his best friend. Suddenly, Max and Casey find themselves in the middle of a eons-old battle between aliens and humans, and they must use all their skills to learn how they can save Earth.

    This is the first book in a series, and I'll definitely be curious to read the next installment. I found the world of The Pocket and the Pendant to be very inventive and charming, filled with creative sci-fi and fantasy elements. If I was a 10-year old boy, I would be obsessed! I'm certainly glad to have discovered it, as well.


  8. Cognizance LeeLo Cognizance LeeLo says:

    A clever adventure that takes you on a wild and mystical ride! The beginning is a little slow to start, but once you are immersed in the world of The Pocket you will find it hard to put the book down!

    I enjoyed the creative way Jeffrey connects old tales and new concepts to explain the fundamentals of life itself. It is a story for all ages to enjoy.

    I look forward to reading the sequel, The Two Travelers.


  9. Philippa Philippa says:

    This is a book packed full of adventure and neat concepts. Like the hero, the story starts off with a bang and keeps going at a ripping pace. I finished this book at the same speed because I couldn't wait to see what happened next.
    Jeffrey is not afraid to think big, and the scope of the Pocket and the Pendant certainly gives him lots of room to explore in the sequels.


  10. Lawrence Leach Lawrence Leach says:

    I love everything Mark does.