Grandpa's Portal

Grandpa’s Portal is an exciting mix of adult magic and youthful fantasy. Grandpa disappears while walking with his grandkids. Their great detective work and adventurous spirit find him in a magical world. They try to free him from his captors. The kids are attacked by ants, captured by spiders, and nearly eaten by a mouse. They are forced to make hard decisions. They do, and they survive--sort of! More
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About Steve Messman

Steve Messman has had quite the life, even if it can be summed up in only a few phrases. He was raised in a small town in Indiana, graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington, spent twenty-one years in the U.S. Army while being married and raising two wonderful boys, and spent ten years teaching the middle-school grades. During these years after teaching, he has been fortunate enough to change the direction of his life—twice.
The first change was when he decided to become an author. Steve self published two novels. The first is a very “dark” and suspenseful crime novel: Double Sided. The second novel, The Gas Conspiracy, is not quite as dark, but is just as suspenseful. Both of these novels met with critical acclaim from readers.
The second change of direction occurred when Steve decided to write fantasy and children’s books instead of crime novels. He spent three years perfecting two novels in a genre he calls science fantasy. Grandpa’s Portal takes place in your own backyard, thus the fantasy. And if you liked this one, Debbie’s Choice, the sequel, expands Grandpa’s magical world to include a shift in time and space.
Steve will be publishing a couple of children’s stories very soon. Written for very young readers, these humorous stories continue Grandpa’s antics. They contain approximately 1000 words, twenty pages, and ten pictures. These stories bring to life a series called “Grandpa’s Tall Tales.” Read excerpts at

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Review by: Carol Messman on April 11, 2013 : (no rating)
Grandpa's Portal is a quick paced, exciting young adult fantasy story about 4 kids and their grandpa. Grandpa disappears into a miniature world in the woods of his own backyard while on a routine hike with the kids. Unbeknownst to them, he has been training them for years to come and find him. After Grandpa is gone, they have to work together to assemble all the clues he has given to mount their search and bring him home. This story is warm and exciting and leaves lots of room for a sequel later on.
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