"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
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
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...
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A real page turner! Timm has created a whole world around wishes. A very fresh view on an ancient idea. Great characters. Great story.Published 2 months ago by MoJo JoJo
Fantastic book with a cool twist at the end. Wonderfully realized world that meshes wonderfully with our own
Loved the cute dreams through out.
I really enjoyed this book. It has a fantastical setting, wonderful characters, and much more than you would think at first glance. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Angel
This book is a wonderful addition to any library. The story and characters are well written and imagination capturing. I can't wait for the rest of the books.Published 6 months ago by SyZo
I love Shea… I love the writing and the concept of the story. 5 stars.Published 6 months ago by Renée Joseph
I loved this book so much i read it again to myself after reading it to my kids.Published 6 months ago by R. Ojala
The Wishkeeper by Maximilian Timm is an inspiring fantasy story for anyone over the age of 13, particularly those who have been made fun of for their physical appearance (check) or... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kelly Smith Reviews
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