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When a mysterious drawing binder appears on thirteen-year-old Nate Smith’s windowsill, he starts having visions—and drawing them. Strange creatures come for his work, launching him on a space adventure to learn the alien art of making. Armed with an otherworldly pen that brings his drawings to life, Nate must save planets, and his parents, from the dark creations of an aliWhen a mysterious drawing binder appears on thirteen-year-old Nate Smith’s windowsill, he starts having visions—and drawing them. Strange creatures come for his work, launching him on a space adventure to learn the alien art of making. Armed with an otherworldly pen that brings his drawings to life, Nate must save planets, and his parents, from the dark creations of an alien mastermind. If only he believed he had talent....

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  • Ian Miller
    2019-05-16 07:48

    This is described as a middle grade book, and follows the story of Nate, a young teenager who is having difficulties because his parents have separated, and he is addicted to making rather weird drawings. Suddenly, he is abducted by aliens, who have a transporter shaped like a tree, and which is piloted by an entity called Stik. It turns out he has the potential to be a "maker". What these aliens do is make whatever they need through drawing what they want on a special paper with a special pen, and some microscopic entities that are collectively known as mica get to work and make whatever the drawing wants. Nate has real talent, except in one way – he does not seem able to control size. Sometimes, when he makes something that is really important, it is hard to see it. The problem? There are different aliens who are building a "worm" that will make sufficient damage to a planet that it will extinguish life. All life on Meer, and then on Earth, depends on Nate. No pressure, Nate!The book is written in easy to read first person, the text flows well, and I think it would be appropriate for young teenagers. The book is described as SciFi, but fantasy might be better.

  • John Manhold
    2019-05-12 02:39

    The Maker ISBN: 9780991800346, Underdog Books, written and copyright by D. F. Anderson. Nate Smith is a young teen whose mother and father recently separated ostensibly because of his dad’s frequent absences from home. Ted, a man who is not particularly enamored of Nate’s artistic ability which consists of drawing rather weird figures, has replaced him in the mother’s affections. Unfortunately, Ted does not share the father’s appreciation for Nate’s drawing and says he can no longer do so until certain goals are reached. That night the boy is kidnapped by aliens who whisk him away to another planet. Here on Meer his drawing abilities are put to a test and he is discovered to be one of a rare breed of individuals who can make tangible objects merely by picturing and drawing them. This is a desperately needed accomplishment for the planet, because most of the planet’s objects have been designed/made by the ‘Makers’ and all but four of them have been kidnapped, brainwashed and put to work by another alien group, the Gratches and their leader, Vichous who are devising a diabolical machine. This ‘Worm’ can bore into the very core of Meer, destroying it. They already have destroyed the planet Vot, Meer is next and will be followed by Earth. Nate discovers that his father has been one of Meer’s very prominent Makers, which explains his frequent absences, and is one of those captured by the Gratches and therefore one of the most prominent in devising the Worm. The Aliens strike before they are totally prepared and they have merely an hour or two to stop the Worm from drilling into their core and devastating their planet. He, along with the Grand Scientist of Meer and the other Makers, begin desperate action to save Meer and then to follow with a very dangerous attack devised by Nate. Even further, Nate actually demonstrates an ability to actually communicate individually with the Mica, the molecular sized living elements that actually are the builders of the objects Makers draw and render useable. This is a feat previously unheard of by the inhabitants of Meer and through Nate’s incredible ability, they are able to accomplish the required task and the story continues until a conclusion is reached that provides plenty of room for additional adventures. This is a most unusual tale written by a person with an enormous imagination. It gathers aspects of nature, science, good and bad aliens and elements of sci-fi and fancifully mixes them together. The result is an enchantingly written, delightful, action-packed amalgamation with charming characters that should have great appeal for all of its targeted teenage audience.5* Delightful action-packed fantasy/sci-fi for targeted teenage audience.

  • Billy Buttons
    2019-04-26 08:52

    THE WISHING SHELF BOOK AWARDS 2nd Dec, 2017TITLE: The MakerAUTHOR: D F AndersonStar Rating: 5‘An enthralling, page-turning sci-fi adventure. The makings of an epic!’ The Wishing ShelfREVIEWFirstly, I must comment on the cover. It looks fab! But not just any old ‘fab’ but ‘super fab!’ The cool font also works well and I think any fan of fantasy of sci-fi will be grappling to get hold of it.Now to the story. I enjoyed this sci-fi story for 9 – 12 year olds very much. The characters, many of them very, VERY odd, spring off the page. It is a plot-driven story but the characters are the jam which holds everything together. The author knows his characters through and through and this shows in the consistent and very individual way they act. The author’s hero, Nate, almost jumps off the page and keeps the reader riveted till the very end. Just a note, I’m a big fan of Nate; he’s a pretty cool boy and a fantastic pivotal character.I also thought the speech between the characters was very well written. The story is a perfectly balanced mix of ‘speech’ and ‘a well-paced plot’. There’s even a comic undertone to keep younger readers chuckling.There are a number of characters introduced in The Maker (note: not the most powerful tile in the world); although secondary, they were, for the most part, interesting (often scary, but not too scary) and added further richness to the fantasy world the author has created. It was a little difficult to keep on top of who was who but it’s good to keep the reader thinking.And what didn’t I like? Not a lot, to be honest. There is the odd clumsy sentence and Nate’s ‘feelings’ can drag a little. And the author has a tendency to ‘tell’ and not ‘show’ in parts. But that’s just me being picky. If you are looking for a fascinating sci-fi/fantasy adventure populated with interesting characters and an intriguing setting, this book is for you. I always like to end with a ‘what I liked best’ part. Well, I liked this from Chapter 1. I grit my teeth and say, calmly, ‘Ted is not my father. Ted is – Ted.’A fly followed Mom in. Its high-pitched buzz fills the silence. When I started this book, I thought it was mostly plot-driven. Then I changed my mind and decided it was mostly character-driven. Then it dawned on me. It’s both. A very rare thing.A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book

  • Gary Cassel
    2019-04-30 04:26

    The Maker is a book about thirteen-year-old Nate Smith. Nate’s parents are divorced, and the last time he saw his dad was six months ago. He knows he hasn’t been forgotten, though, because about two months after his dad left, he was sent a binder to put his drawings in. Attached to it was a note, “Your father would want you to have this. Put the good ones in here.” That was the day the visions started.These visions consist of the strangest things, such as a one-eyed jellyfish and some odd-looking trees. Each of these visions is so lifelike that he draws them, feeling as if they are a sign. One night, one such vision hits him. Like the others, he draws it and finishes it late at night. Bleary eyed, he opens his window for some fresh air and sees a very strange sight. He is looking at a tree. That might not seem too odd, but the only thing that should be out there is his empty driveway. This confuses him a lot, but what confuses him more is what comes next. Through his window come two little white fur balls. They steal his drawing binder and vanish, disappearing out the window. To what lengths will Nate go to get his binder back? The Maker was very creatively written. I have never read a book with a concept quite like this before, and I think it worked out well. I did think it started out a little slow, and I was worried that it wouldn’t pick up, but I was wrong. It got exciting very quickly, and I found myself enjoying it immensely. Packed with action, a smoothly-flowing plot, and a unique setting, this book made for a read that kept me on the edge of my seat. The themes of friendship and bravery were predominant. I do think that it could've been made a little bit longer, or even left us on a cliffhanger with the hopes of a book 2, but it was still very enjoyable. I would recommend this book to ages 9 and up. Those who enjoy fantasy and adventure books would also love this read.

  • K.J. Simmill
    2019-05-06 02:46

    A separation and then divorce is difficult enough for any child, but for a new man to be abruptly inserted to Nate's life as his new 'dad' was too much. Then came the mysterious parcel, the visions, the graphic drawings transferred from mind to page in terrifying reality. Not to mention the strange behaviour of his mother. Nate loved his dad, but it had been months since anyone had heard from him. He was a neuroscientist, but like his son he had a passion for art. But there's something about Nate's drawing that see him something desperately needed by the people of Meer. Abducted from his home in a white flurry he finds himself whisked across the stars to stand before Wishnal. This figure seems to know something of his father, but there's no time for answers, an attack is imminent and Nate, it seems, is their only hope, but he still has much to learn.This book is awesome! Vibrant and energetic characters living in an amazingly designed world. Meer put me in mind of The Grove from Guild Wars 2, the use of plants to create homes, furnishing etc. I considered D. F. Anderson's The Maker a fantasy/ Sci-fi with some parts making me think of Lovecraft, The Neverending Story, and a little bit A Monster Calls, as well as many great children's fantasy both on screen and page. This book gets something I rarely give, and that's my whole hearted recommendation. It may be labelled a children as book, and it will certainly inspire and engage that audience, but it also possesses great value as an adult read, after all, adults need magic and wonder too. In short, great writing style, brilliant ideas, gripping plot, funny to read basically The Maker is everything you could want in a book.

  • LitPick Student Book Reviews
    2019-04-30 00:34

    The Maker, a work of fantastical science-fiction by D.F. Anderson, is a book that is difficult to summarize in just one paragraph. The main character, Nate, is going through a tough time in his life. He hasn’t seen his father in six months - ever since his parents got divorced. Ted, his new “Dad,” discourages Nate’s love of drawing. The only reminder Nate has of his “old” life is a special binder that his Dad sent to him where Nate puts all of his artwork.One night, furry mice-like creatures steal Nate’s binder. When he follows them out his bedroom window and onto a tree, the tree becomes a Transplanter and carries Nate to the magical planet of Meer. On Meer, he meets the Great Wizard Wishnal, who teaches Nate how he can use his imagination to make his drawings come to life. Nate is now a “Maker." Soon Nate realizes that his Dad was missing from his life since the divorce because he, too, was brought to the planet Meer. Nate and his fellow Maker, Coral, must work together to save Nate’s father and the planet Meer from evil alien forces.Opinion: I found The Maker to be a quick and enjoyable read. The fast-paced action and suspense kept me glued to the book. One challenge of reading this book was that there were a lot of strange, non-human characters to keep track of. Although much of what happened in The Maker was not based in reality, the characters of Nate and Coral were easy to root for. Over the course of his amazing journey, Nate and the reader both learn that anything is possible, and you have to work for your own happy ending.I would recommend this book for imaginative kids ages 8-13. Those who love creating art will especially appreciate Nate’s story.Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer Age 13

  • Angela Kay
    2019-04-29 03:33

    First paragraph: It starts as a half-moon with a braided cord hanging from the bottom. Wavy strings grow from the cord. Tentacles. Kind of looks like a jellyfish. I add more curvy lines until they’re a thick maze slithering down the page. I close my eyes, focusing on the image in my mind. A lidless eye glares at me from the jellyfish’s back. With a sinking heart, I trace out every creepy detail.About the story: Nate loves to draw. He gets the passion from his dad, who disappeared without a word six months ago. Before the story opens, Nate had come in possession of a drawing binder. He has no idea how it got to be on his windowsill. Regardless, it doesn’t take long for Nate to begin having strange visions, which he draws inside the binder. To make things even stranger in Nate’s life, strange creatures come in the night to steal the binder and throws Nate into the adventure of a lifetime. Not everything is all fun and games, though. The lives of planets and his parents rest on his shoulders—and he’s only a thirteen-year-old kid.My thoughts: This was definitely a fun story. I’ve read a lot of books where I need to turn a few pages before I truly get into it, but this one sucked me in right away. The writing was taut, the adventure original and not a single slow paragraph to be found. I was amazed. Truly. This is definitely a story young teens would love; however, I believe any lover—whether teen or adult—of science fiction and fantasy would adore it. I know I did. Reading this book started my new year off on the right note.**For more reviews:**

  • Heidi
    2019-05-05 04:43

    The Maker by D.F.Anderson is written for 9-12 year olds but it's just as interesting for the older generation too.The reader's attention is captured from the beginning making it hard to put down. Nate Smith is a talented 13 year old who's drawings are always very detailed. A mysterious drawing binder appears out of nowhere one night on Nate's windowsill. After the binders arrival he starts to have visions and begins drawing them. At times he isn't sure whether he's losing grip with reality. Once his drawings are completed strange creatures, arrive to take them away. Nate finds himself going on an adventure to space, learning the Alien art of making. He's given a otherworldly pen that sees his drawing become brought to life. As the hero of this space adventure Nate must save not only his parents but planets from the dark Alien mastermind.It's a sci-fi and fantasy, although written with young teenagers in mind, I feel it's enjoyable for all. Don't let the age category put you off. Very enjoyable!

  • Shanell Meek
    2019-04-28 06:37

    Fantastic young adult/teen novel! D.F. Anderson does a wonderful job bringing to life the world of fantasy/science fiction. His characters are interesting and personable (as personable as aliens can be)and are designed to keep the likes of teenage boys enraptured with the story unfolding before their eyes! Though it may be more appealing to the younger generation I have to admit that I fully enjoyed reading this exceptional piece of fantasy/science fiction fun! I’d be willing to read a lot more from Anderson as well! The writing flows freely and so smooth it’s not what I expected from an ebook at all. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement! I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone just delving into the science fiction or fantasy world as it would be a wonderful place to start!I feel lol teens between 13-16 would truly enjoy this book the most! After all, what teenager doesn’t want to read about teens saving the adults from strange and unusual circumstances?!?

  • Robyn Gaye-Murphy
    2019-05-20 06:53

    The Maker by D.F.AndersonYou are in for a treat with this terrific story. It began with a boy finding a drawing binder on his windowsill and from that small beginning, a world of drawing, magic in his own self and colourful descriptions of Petal City where all the rooms, apartments, houses and buildings are created from beautifully coloured flowers. I am telling you, readers that I was able to see the colourful places with the clear, wonderful descriptions of David Anderson. I truly enjoyed this book and only put it down to sleep when I realised one eye was permanently closed and the other begging to sleep. I picked it up again first thing next morning and did not stop reading until Nate, his friends and parents were all back where they belonged. Don’t delay buying this book and jumping into a fantastic story. I received a free copy of this book but the review is entirely my own and I urge others to grab a copy too!

  • Pegboard
    2019-04-27 07:40

    The Maker is written for fourth to seventh grade, with Nate being of this age himself. Nate is misunderstood by his mother and her boyfriend. While his father has lost all contact with him in the last six months, except a mysterious notebook left on his windowsill with a short note from TGSOM.Nate is deeply distressed when his mother and Ted take all his drawing utensils and paper away because he was doing poorly in school. They did not know about the one he received from his father that he has to keep hidden. He keeps all his vision drawing in this album, which mysteriously has something to do with aliens that have taken him to their planet Meer.Through this amazing adventure Nate discovers the wonders of his art as he brings it to life. He also learns more about his father and his disappearance, while trying to protect Meer from the Vishus before he moves on to destroy earth.

  • Julius Blitzy
    2019-05-03 03:35

    This book was a pleasant surprise, I have the fortune to read this almost at the end of the year and it’s amazing.At first, you won’t notice where this book goes to, but I don’t mean the story itself but the audience, is it for kids? Maybe, the protagonist is a teenager, the events, settings, pace, sequences and the plot itself is something kids can understand and assimilate quickly, but that’s not to say it isn’t logical, which come to my second point, the writing, which is exquisite and makes everything flows smoothly, but can be troublesome for some kids to read, I don’t think that is a real problem though, is just something I notice.That note aside, this is an amazing book, it has a little bit of everything and the blending of fantasy aspects and sci-fi elements is done so very well, this feels like a dream come true, I think pretty much anyone can read and enjoy this book, I have a blast so if you are reading this give it a try.

  • David Styles
    2019-05-14 08:30

    The idea of drawing things that become real as a part of one’s quest is one that crops up from time to time, and this was perhaps one of the best renderings of that idea that I’ve come across.Technically, the writing is great; dialogue (a weak spot for many authors) flows well, and the plot is, as others have said, well-constructed.If I must find anything to criticise—and I do generally try to include some positive and negative in reviews, though some books make it harder to do one or the other—it would only be that somehow I never felt fully invested in the characters and their fates; had not been given reason enough to care. But I see that other readers did, so perhaps that speaks more of my unempathetic nature than it does of the book!Certainly the pace of the book is spritely, and will please action-oriented readers. All in all, a good story well-written.

  • Rachel Kester
    2019-05-17 03:45

    This novel by D.F. Anderson tells the tale of Nate Smith, a teenage boy who suddenly finds a binder on his windowsill one day. Soon after, he starts to have strange visions of creatures which he draws out in the binder. One day though, a group of aliens come to take the binder so they can bring the creatures inside it to life to help cause mayhem on Earth. It’s then up to Nate to help protect the planet from his creations.The Maker is a great book for young readers to dive into. It’s adventurous, humorous, and creative which makes for a fun and compelling story. It includes chapters like “The Grand Scientist of Meer” and “The Needle” which will instantly capture your attention. At 222 pages it might be a little long of a read for some, but Anderson’s story is so action-packed that those pages will just fly by.

  • Kimberly Borget
    2019-05-08 00:34

    Fantasy book that pulls you in right from the very beginning. I loved the imagery that the author uses in this book. The details were fantastic and you could really see the locations and creatures that the author described. This was a fantastic read that was just difficult to put down for any length of time. While this is more geared to children, I found that I really enjoyed the book and will be putting it away for my own children to read in the future. I found that the main character was very easy to like and that it didn’t take long to empathize with him. This was a well written children’s fantasy that really pulls the reader in and creates a wonderful universe for the reader to get lost in. I really look forward to reading this book with my children.

  • Jimmy Jefferson
    2019-04-27 06:35

    A fun fantasy adventure. If your genre is fantasy adventure, space adventure, or sci-fi this is the story for you. I have always enjoyed a good sci-fi and this one is in that category. Our young friend Nate is the main charachter in this space adventure. With divorced parents and an absent father, Nate loses himself in drawing but soon realizes that his drawings of space and other worlds are becoming real. This is a fun read and well written for a young adult genre. I enjoyed this read and found the story to be descriptive and well developed. The author has a great imagination and does a great job of building this story and sharing with us. Check this one out and see what you think.

  • Jill Pickle
    2019-05-05 07:34

    This was pitched to me as Star Wars meets Harold and the Purple Crayon, and I have to say, the comparison is apt! I totally fell in love with Nate, my new favorite middle grade fantasy hero. He is super passionate about drawing but often feels like the images just flow through him unbidden--compulsively, even--until one day, when Nate is greeted by a tree. A moving tree. One that also might double as a space vehicle responsible for traveling to another planet. Then his secret talent starts to all make sense. You'll meet some cool aliens on a lush, verdant planet and also some very very bad aliens intent on destruction. But throughout, you'll never lose sight of what this book is about: art, community, love, and family.[Full disclosure: I was the book's editor.]

  • Michellej
    2019-04-22 03:28

    In “The Maker” we meet 13-year-old Nate who loves to draw and is going through a rough time as his parents are getting divorced. He gets really absorbed in his drawings and starts having visions that scares the hell out of him. But they become real as he is abducted by aliens to help their fight to protect their planet and ultimately Earth’s future. Nate’s gift is their best weapon and this also strengthens Nate’s self-confidence. The story is full of adventure and imagination and the writing has very vivid descriptions. A very interesting and fast paced story suitable for all ages with imagination!

  • Christine
    2019-05-12 00:44

    ** I got this book for free, but this does not affect my review.**I started off this book not expecting much. I'm not a big YA reader, and recent independent reads have left me wanting. I was pleasantly surprised right out of the gate. I was captured immediately in this world which I at first thought was going to be fantasy, but as Wishnal says in the book, it's always the assumption of magic that humans make when they don't understand science. This story was such a cool twist on the traditional science fiction filled with characters we immediately relate to and love. I sincerely hope this author writes more about Nate's adventures, since one book simply did not do it justice.

  • Archie
    2019-05-17 04:41

    I loved this book. It’s a great blend of fantasy, creativity, fun and science fiction. Though it’s meant for middle schoolers, but who cares, I found it a light read and honestly enjoyed it. At times, it’s good to go back to those good old school years and enjoy the ride. The book is about a 13-year old boy Nate, who has been struggling with his parents recently divorced and his failing grades in school. Not to blame him, he is sad and upset, lacks confidence, but then things change and suddenly he has the responsibility to save the world. His drawings become real and his confidence increases as the story unfolds. On the front of message for readers’ confidence is the key to success.

  • M
    2019-05-05 01:28

    I won this book in members giveaway. I started reading this book expecting nothing. I was pleasantly surprused to be honest. The ideas are very new to me that tbe author introduced. The characters are just introduced, I am guessing more is to come, so I will not complain about character development. I am going to gladly wait to see what happens next. I liked the story but I have to be honest about the writing, it is better than a lot of other writing but still is not the best. I think if turned into a screen play, this could really be brilliant.

  • Brent
    2019-05-06 00:42

    Nate is only a young boy from earth who has a lot of potental. After loosing his father and his mother is drifting away he finds escape and more importantly hope 4.5 lightyears from earth.You are transplanted into a vast (and hopfuly long running) universe of the makers. Worlds of green where there is no diffrence between “man” and machine in this fast pased adventure. War and conflict are, common on earth and over thought in si fi D.F Anderson gives a new perspective on intergalatic action with a battle of the mind vs machine.

  • Greer
    2019-05-20 07:32

    I loved the idea of this book, art, aliens, outer space, new planets but some how it fell short. I would have loved to have know more about the family dynamics, the divorce the missing parent, oh and more about this art journal. Instead most of the book is a thorough description of the plant like quality of this planet and less about the Maker /art journal. I felt that this part was rushed and glossed over but it was the most important part of the story.

  • Karen Turner
    2019-05-04 01:53

    This is one book I would really like to see as a movie or regular show. The descriptions of everthing from making to the creatures is fantastic. Loved the book, could not put it down until I finished.

  • Nancy
    2019-05-13 07:37

    This was an excellent book I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an excellent read. I look forward to reading more of this author's work.