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The WishKeeper (The Paragonia Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Series: The Paragonia Chronicles (Book 1) Age Level: 8 - 18 Grade Level: 5 - 12

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"Timm masterminds a fantastical setting... Parents will appreciate the book's inspiring message and the courage it might stir in young readers. An action-packed, dramatic tale with a nonstandard relationship and a winning message." --Kirkus Reviews

"An engrossing plot packed with action and, more importantly, strong protagonists who each face their own broken dreams...and that's the unifying force and strength behind The WishKeeper: a series of adventures and encounters that allow characters room to develop into living, breathing protagonists the reader will care about...a fine recommendation for young adult to adult readers who want their fantasy stories packed with ripping action and memorable moments." --The Midwest Book Review

"A classic basis of a fairy tale and adds a twist...angry, resentful teenagers aren't usually in fairy tales. This is a Tinkerbell for big girls." --BedtimeStories4Tweens

"You know that feeling you had when you first read Harry Potter and started to get obsessed with the world? That is the exact feeling I got when reading about Paragonia. The characters are wonderful and some of them will stay with you forever." --Little-MissReader

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"The fate of your wishes rests on the back of a broken-winged fairy." Shea Evenstar is no pixie. She wants to be a WishKeeper. When her parents destroyed a True Love Wish, the explosion shredded her wings, leaving her handicapped and the only fairy that can't fly. Now sixteen, angry, resentful and determined, Shea sets out to grant a True Love Wish and prove that she can be the WishKeeper she always dreamed to be...no matter the consequence.

The WishKeeper is about accepting imperfections and granting your own wishes without waiting for someone else to grant them for you. Throughout Shea's adventure she battles evil Lost Fairies, a banished WishingKing who needs the power of a True Love Wish to steal back the throne of the fairy kingdom, and her own personal doubts that keep her from achieving her dreams.

"It's not about making wishes. It's about fulfilling them. Every wish matters, and it's time they come true."

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  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G08T7P0
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A native of Wisconsin, Maximilian Timm grew up in the nation's circus capital where the local drinking fountains were the opened mouths of lions, a statue of a clown waving from between the legs of a giant elephant was at the center of town, and the Clown Hall of Fame was directly across the street from his house. Because of his father's athletic roots, Max was raised to be a relative jock and somehow avoided the obvious fantasy world of his little hometown. Upon the age of twelve, however, his father secretly replaced Max's copy of Mickey Mantle's autobiography with an unknown writer's book (unknown to Max, anyway) titled Tom Sawyer. Little did his father know, Max's dreams of playing shortstop for the Chicago Cubs would slowly shift and evolve into an intention to create stories and maintain a career as a writer. From Twain to Tolkien to C.S. Lewis and Susan Cooper (The Dark is Rising), Max is forever grateful for his father's equal devotion to athletics and the arts.

After two years at the Holy Cross College at the University of Notre Dame, swimming through a Liberal Arts major and watching football, Max discovered the art of filmmaking and transferred to Columbia College Chicago. He majored in screenwriting and producing at Columbia, and eventually found himself dizzy within the entertainment capital, Los Angeles. After multiple assistant positions at film distribution and advertising companies, Max stumbled upon Writers Boot Camp (WBC) in Santa Monica, CA. Graduating from its Professional Membership in 2007, Max was asked to stay with WBC as a Membership Coordinator and Instructor. After six years, working his way up to Creative Director and Director of Development, Max worked with thousands of writers on their screenplays and novels, as well as personally consulted A-List celebrities.

Both a screenwriter and novelist, Max has created a lifelong relationship with writing. His focus is within the realms of Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction, as well as movies geared toward family entertainment. He still believes James Howe's Bunnicula series is one of the finest middle grade series ever written, and that Mr. Howe's book, "The Celery Stalks at Midnight", may very well be the best book title ever.

Currently living in a 100 year-old Craftsmen in the oldest neighborhood of Los Angeles, Max immerses himself in books and screenplays while secretly longing to move to the woods.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dan Marder on October 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The WishKeeper is a fantastic young adult sci-fi fantasy novel with the epic, visual and thematic landscape of The Lord of the Rings, the magic, mystery and intrigue of Harry Potter, and a fiercely courageous, albeit broken, kick-butt heroine a la The Hunger Games.

The debut novel and first installment of The Paragonia Chronicles, Max Timm delivers a story to which we can all relate - the desire to see our hopes, dreams, and wishes become fulfilled, and knowing that all to often they are shattered instead. In such moments, with all odds against us, do we give up or do we fight for what matters most?

Enter Shea, a teenage fairy unable to fly due to wings broken by her parent's destruction of a True Love Wish. The centerpiece of the story, Shea shows us how to persevere in the midst of brokenness, and that no matter the circumstances, hope will endure if we are willing to seek after it.

This beautiful new landscape created by the crisp, flowing style of Timm's writing will draw you in and never relent. The imagery as absorbing as the action taking place within it, an atmosphere has been meticulously crafted here with every last detail, bringing the fictional world of courageous fairies up against the villainous forces working to destroy them -- and the most important Wishes they keep -- right to the doorstep of the reader's imagination and straight into their hearts.

A novel as thrilling as it is creative and as heartbreaking as it is inspiring, The WishKeeper is a story of grand proportions that urges you to hang on to a broken-winged fairy as she flies into the darkness in hope of finding the light beyond it.

I cannot recommend it enough to those looking for a new fix to their Young Adult Fantasy Novel needs. Whether or not your own wings are broken, you'll fly through it like you wouldn't believe -- just don't forget your goggles!

-Dan J. Marder, Writer at danjmarder.com
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jonathan sanders on October 29, 2013
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I engaged myself fully Into the world of the WishKeeper,. There are very few heroines that are "disabled" that children of any age can relate. Shae's role is in an important one; one with many facets. You feel the emotional roller coaster, that she lives. While growing up as a "challenged" teenage fairy, she struggles with an inner war. Fighting off the feelings that come with being a teenager without a mother, all the while confronting and conquering in a world where she refuses to conform, she is a great example for a young boy or girl. Shae has an important message to share: Be yourself, and do not allow yourself to be judged by others. Being "disabled" does not mean that you are "un-able."

Being stricken with Cerebral Palsy, I can certainly relate to the emotional, social and physical toll "being different" can be on a young child. Mr. Timm, shows (in Shae) that you can overcome and own your insecurities, and like who you see in the mirror everyday.

I recommend this book to any parent or child, young or old...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Becker on December 2, 2013
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Highly recommend this book. The story is great and its the kind of book u cant stop reading because the end of each chapter has you wanting more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer K. Smith on October 19, 2013
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Young adult, eh? I'm 34 and LOVED this book! This is a lovely fantasy story with some real world lessons. Max has done a wonderful job of telling Shea's story. Shea is a girl with a dream. She's not going to let her handicap get in the way of her fulfilling that dream. I couldn't put it down and I'm REALLY looking forward to the continuation of Shea's story!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emmy on November 26, 2013
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As Shea would tell you: "I'm no pixie!" These fairies are not your cute little Disney fairies. They have strong humanoid emotions, strengths and weaknesses.

Shea, the fairy heroine, has injured her wings during a horrible incident that has also left her without a mother. Unable to fly, she uses her magic to swing from place to place. Her biggest handicap however, she has created herself. Unable to deal with her limitations and grief, she has grown into a rebel 'teenager', who cannot bond to her father because grief and strong emotions are two things they both find it difficult to deal with.

Paragonia, the land of the Wishkeepers, is dying. Without fulfilling wishes from us, the Wishmakers, the magic is disappearing. The number of wishes that are taken back to be fulfilled is diminishing and the once vast legion of Wishkeepers has dwindled into a small number of fairies. Shea, however, is determined to become one, with or without wings. But for Paragonia to survive, the fairies have to deal with an evil that threatens both their land and ours.

This wonderful YA 'fairy' tale has everything one could wish for: a courageous heroine, an evil villain, magic, action and love.

I've discovered The Wishkeeper during its crowdfunding campaign and I've followed its progress with great anticipation. The final book does not disappoint. I've enjoyed reading about Shea and her struggle. It's a heart-warming tale told at a fast pace. It entertains and delights, even though the occasional flashback confused at times.

I especially loved Thane, the poor fairy who is ordered to keep Shea safe. Never was anyone given a more impossible task. He has to deal with her quirks and frustrations. He could either hate his task or fall in love. I challenge you to read this wonderful book and find out.

Oh, and it's book one of The Paragonia Chronicles so there's more to come!
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