Life is complicated eugh for seventeen-year-old Dan with his embarrassing old friends and confusing new crush. But when his childhood stuffed beaver starts popping up where he doesn't belong and messing with Dan's head, things take a turn for the totally bizarre. And that's before a little old man suddenly appears in his bedroom to play computer games. Has Dan totally lost his grip on reality-or is the strange visitor for real when he says he needs help to keep the passage open to some magical world called Inland? Gatemoodle is the debut fantasy vel by John Rosegrant that stirs up a mind-stretching brew of brilliant magic, wisecracking humor, and even one or two clues to the meaning of life. The book introduces a new breed of adventurers who explore supernatural enchantments while still grappling with good old teenage life. Dan was already stressed about his future and his friends. His best friend Josh wants to hunt Sasquatch. And Dan has a massive crush on Maggie, but she seems more drawn to the Goth kid called the Green Goblin. Not only that, but Dan still has to get his head around the weird little man in his room, who calls himself a Gatekeeper and who looks curiously like the guy Dan saw at the office of his new therapist, Dr. Green. As Dan tries to open a magical gate and get to kw Maggie, he also must open up to feelings about her gay friends, drug use, and troubled past. The Gatekeeper and Dr. Green are there to help him make some sense of it all, which is definitely a good thing considering creatures are trying to kill him. Can Dan escape to a magical world, or is there too much to do in his own, very real world? Find out in Gatemoodle, the wildly inventive tale that mashes up reality with fantasy in astonishing new ways. You're sure to eagerly follow Dan's foray into uncharted realms as he faces odd and terrifying dangers, gathers strange allies, and draws on resources he never knew he had.
John Rosegrant's delight in fantasy stories began with an encounter with The Hobbit when he was six years old. To keep gates open between cities and nature, John has lived in places as diverse as Michigan, Chicago, New York City, and Tucson, his current home with his wife and son.