Reviewed by Dayna Davis, Staff Writer

Max and the Gatekeeper by James Todd Cochrane. Published by Dark Moon Publishing Inc.

Max believes it will be a long, boring summer at his grandfather’s house, away from his mother and all of his friends. A strange encounter on the bus makes him realize, right away, that this will not be the dull summer he expects it to be. As Max gets to know his grandfather, he learns that there is a lot more to the world than he realized.

This is a great new book by a first time author! I really liked it. It was fun, interesting, clear, consistent, but not predictable.

One of my pet peeves is when an author introduces characters or situations but then doesn't explain them or wrap them up. Everything in 'Max' made sense. It had no loose ends at all, except for the openness of the ending - but that makes sense, considering there is a new book coming out. It was easy to read and the characters were quite intriguing. It kept me interested and I DIDN'T read the ending first. That by itself is pretty big. I get bored easily and if that starts to happen, I read the ending to know what is coming so that I don't have to finish it all. ‘Max and the Gatekeeper’ is a magical adventure. It’s family friendly and entertaining for all ages. I would especially recommend it for those 8 years old and up.