Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever

It's About Time

Children - Mythology/Fairy Tale
180 Pages
Reviewed on 02/22/2015
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Author Biography

By day, I'm an attorney. By night, I'm whatever I want to be. No rules to follow, no procedures. Those are the things I hate about practicing law. Those things really irritate me. So, I started writing books for children and middle grade readers where none of the rules and regulations apply. There are no limits on the imagination - no rules that have to be followed. I love writing for that reason more than any other.

My first book, Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever started off as a simple bedtime story for my little girl. Then the voice in my head that kept telling me to write more became louder and louder pushing me to get the story down on paper. Now, Books One, Two, and Three are finished. Volumes One and Two in my other series, Stories from the Library, has been released and Book Four in my Eli Arnold Series is ready to be released! That voice is as loud as ever! I hope folks like to read my books as much as I've liked writing them.

A little about me. I'm a big kid at heart (some would say immature). I love being outside. For fun I explore old tunnels and do a little cross-country running. I play ultimate Frisbee as much as possible and am very active in my community. I'm married with one little girl who is growing up way too fast!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever: It's About Time by John Carter is a delightful storybook for children. Eli and his brother, Brady, head to Florida for their summer vacation to have some fun. Eli is unaware of the fact that he is the chosen one to save the world. Eli finds himself amid an old battle between the Order of Disorder and the Keepers. As the story progresses, readers see Eli in many dangerous situations, and his adventurous journey takes readers with Eli, traveling in time as he tries to find his brother and also recover the Keys to Forever before heading home.

Switching between the past and the present, the story is exciting and has just the right doses of adventure and humor to make it an engaging read. The character of Eli is well portrayed and refreshing. He is brave, honest, adventurous and intelligent. The narration is detailed and vivid, making it easy to visualize the scenes and events in the story. The laser guns, UFOs, mind reading, dragons, fair maidens and gryphons make the plot fast paced and also give it a whimsical touch. The book caters to readers of all age groups. Along with the adventure and mystery, the author manages to weave in some humor that adds to the charm of the story. The drawings add to the mystery element of the story. The twists and the turns in the plot are interesting and they keep up the pace and movement of the story.