The Max Quick novels are middle-grade to young adu lt books. They consist of Max Quick: The Pocket and the Pendant (Harper Collins, 2011), Max Quick: The Two Travelers (2012) and Max Quick: The Bane of the Bondsman (2013).
First released as a podcast audiobook serial, the first two books amassed 2.5 million downloads. Oscar Nominee Abigail Breslin has stated that the Max Quick books are among her favorite reads. Max Quick: The Pocket and the Pendant has 325 reviews / 4.2 star average on Goodreads. It is a 2012 Maine Student Book Award Nominee and a Junior Library Guild 2011 selection.
MAX QUICK: THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT
"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."
MAX QUICK on Goodreads.com (4.2 stars / 300 ratings)
MAX QUICK: THE TWO TRAVELERS
The next chapter in the Max Quick Trilogy!
"Five quiet years have passed in Starland, California since the the time of the Pocket. But when a crazed old man shows up with a warning, Max, Casey, Ian and Sasha suddenly find themselves on the run. Max and Ian go through an Arch back to 1912, where a mysterious Machine is under construction that seems connected to Max’s unremembered secret. Meanwhile, Casey and Sasha follow the old man to the strange town of Arturo Gyp.
But there is more afoot than meets the eye: the enemies of Mr. E - the nefarious Archons - are abroad. And when Max is at last eye-to-eye with his secret, he realizes nothing will ever be the same again ..."
Clocking in at a massive 180,000 words, MAX QUICK 2 is more than three times as large as MAX QUICK 1 .
MAX QUICK: THE BANE OF THE BONDSMAN
The thrilling conclusion of the Max Quick Trilogy!
After the disaster of the Machine in 1912, Max Quick, Casey Cyranus, Ian Keating and Sasha Fwa find themselves in a alternate, dystopian 1977. Countries are no more: there is only a single super-state under the crushing rule of a mysterious golden-masked figure called 'the Bondsman'. But the Bondsman's tyranny extends beyond the mere political realm: everyone has the same horrific Dream every night. Nature itself is corrupted: extreme weather and strange animals are everyday occurrences. And other than the Bondsman's Elite families, humanity works twelve hour days, every day -- the point being misery for misery's sake.
But who is
the Bondsman? The company soon traces his origins directly to Max's
own act of destroying the Machine in 1912. As distrust multiplies even
amongst the friends, Max must come to grips with his new-found power --
and discover how to use it to defeat the Bondsman ... or he risks
becoming the Bondsman in the end himself!
160,000 Words in length.
Praise for MAX QUICK: THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT (Max Quick #1, HarperCollins 2011):
"This book was recommended to me ... I immediately ordered it from Amazon. I just finished this book because it was mind boggling. Every time I thought I had it figured out, a twist was thrown into the mix. I just handed it to one of boys who will talk it up as he is reading it to get others excited ..."
"Loved it! It's so refreshing to see new ideas in children's science fiction. The plot is somewhat based on science, and the mini-societies and alliances that come into existence when time stops are exactly in line with human behavior. This book offers lots of fast-paced action and a solid plot for any sci fi lover, and I can't wait for the sequel!"
"Her favorite books? "Anne of
Green Gables. Oh, and the 'Max Quick' (fantasy) books. I'm on the last
one of those, so I'm kind of sad about that."
-- AP Syndicated Interview with Oscar Nominee Abigail Breslin
“Jeffrey’s descriptions of how time has stopped will stop readers in their own tracks. Plenty of action-adventure appeal.” (Booklist )
“An imaginative addition to the middle-grade speculative adventure canon.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books )
“This fast-paced adventure…will keep readers turning the pages. The incorporation of figures from Sumerian mythology adds an interesting element that may appeal to fans of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson” series.” (School Library Journal )
“Riveting. The Pocket and the Pendant is not what you expect, no matter what you expect.” (Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author )
"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.
"By the time you finish reading the first installment of the Max Quick series, you realize how much care and effort was put into crafting the story. Not only are there smart and cool pseudo-scientific explanations for the craziness that goes on in the story, the book is also full of action and adventure that seems already fit for the silver screen.This fun and engaging story about the fateful day that time stops will keep you engrossed and in suspense until the very end, whether you're a kid or an adult.
A Junior Library Guild Selection, 2012 (Top 5%)
Maine Student Book Award Nominee, 2013
Ulysses Award Winner
School Library Journal Selection
2.5 Million downloads as a podcast audiobook