New author Judson Troop's debut vel, The Gatekeeper: Day of the Disaurs, is a fascinating giant of a tale for young readers. And by giant, the author means to submerge young readers into a world of disaurs, Native American legends, time travel, and prehistory. Eleven-year-old Rickey Ellis has more to worry about than classroom bullies and school rivals. While he's on a fieldtrip to a curious museum built over a quarry filled with fossilized disaurs in rthwest Colorado, he accidently unlocks a time portal. Once a closely guarded secret by a w long-vanished tribe kwn as the Makori, there might be something to an ancient Indian legend about stone giants. At first, only Rickey can make out the strange creatures, but as time passes, more and more townspeople catch sight of and sense the danger. Even the landscape and weather around the town begins to change from a mountaius spring chill to that of a tropical forest. Readers are in for a prehistoric lesson as Rickey discovers firsthand the age-old adage to be careful what we wish for-it might just happen.
Judson Troop studied journalism at the University of Oklahoma before becoming a technical writer. Currently, he works with a defense contractor, supporting the mission of American military service members throughout the world. When he's not writing technical manuals, he spends his time dreaming and writing about great adventures filled with dinosaurs and pirates, and researching the lost gold mines of the Southwest.