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Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things

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Staff Pick

From the Newbery award–winning author comes the first book in a mystery trilogy starring a unique, problem-solving detective. Mister Max is an exciting, funny, touching story with characters that draw you in and leave you awaiting the next installment.
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Publisher Comments:

Newbery medalist Cynthia Voigt presents a rollicking mystery in three acts!

Max's parents are missing. They are actors, and thus unpredictable, but sailing away, leaving Max with only a cryptic note, is unusual even for them. Did they intend to leave him behind? Have they been kidnapped? 

Until he can figure it out, Max feels it's safer to keep a low profile. Hiding out is no problem for a child of the theater. Max has played many roles, he can be whoever he needs to be to blend in. But finding a job is tricky, no matter what costume he dons.

Ironically, it turns out Max has a talent for finding things. He finds a runaway child, a stray dog, a missing heirloom, a lost love....So is he a finder? A detective? No, it's more. Max finds a way to solve people's problems — he engineers better outcomes for them. He becomes Mister Max, Solutioneer.  

Now if only he could find a solution to his own problems...

Review:

"A mysterious invitation to establish a theatrical troupe in India starts off the action in the first book in a trilogy from Newbery Medalist Voigt, set in the early 1900s. Max Starling's actor parents set sail (or do they?) for the new opportunity, accidentally (or not?) leaving him behind. Frightened and slightly hurt by their abandonment, yet determined to solve the mystery of their disappearance and maintain his independence, 12-year-old Max searches for income-earning opportunities and stumbles into detectivelike work — finding a lost dog, a missing antique silver spoon, and (secretly) reuniting two lost lovers. Max creates different characters for each of his missions, with appropriate costumes from his parents' trunks, and encounters the requisite eclectic characters, all well-drawn by Voigt. Max has a good heart and a sharp mind, with enough self-doubt to be credible, and his adventures, while not deeply suspenseful, build in complexity and develop Max's maturity; Voigt's accomplished writing draws readers into every aspect of his world. A double-edged ending solves one big mystery while setting the stage for a new one. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“An endearing, memorable protagonist and a clever plot make this a winner.” Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Review:

"The charm, the quirkiness, the quiet originality of The Book of Lost Things are immensely appealing to those of us who love the classic possibilities and styles of children's literature." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Max displays good sense, a sensitive nature, and winning ingenuity...[a] comedic page-turner." School Library Journal

Review:

"A perfect read-aloud, the story will appeal to fans of fantasy, adventure, mystery, and humor." The Christian Science Monitor

About the Author

Cynthia Voigt is the acclaimed author of many books, including Dicey's Song,winner of the Newbery Medal, and A Solitary Blue, winner of a Newbery Honor, and Homecoming. For the body of her work, Cynthia Voigt was honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults. She lives with her husband in Maine. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307976819
Subtitle:
The Book of Lost Things
Author:
Voigt, Cynthia
Illustrator:
Bruno, Iacopo
Publisher:
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Copyright:
Series:
Mister Max
Publication Date:
20130910
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.26 x 5.78 x 1.32 in 1.05 lb
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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From the Newbery award–winning author comes the first book in a mystery trilogy starring a unique, problem-solving detective. Mister Max is an exciting, funny, touching story with characters that draw you in and leave you awaiting the next installment.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A mysterious invitation to establish a theatrical troupe in India starts off the action in the first book in a trilogy from Newbery Medalist Voigt, set in the early 1900s. Max Starling's actor parents set sail (or do they?) for the new opportunity, accidentally (or not?) leaving him behind. Frightened and slightly hurt by their abandonment, yet determined to solve the mystery of their disappearance and maintain his independence, 12-year-old Max searches for income-earning opportunities and stumbles into detectivelike work — finding a lost dog, a missing antique silver spoon, and (secretly) reuniting two lost lovers. Max creates different characters for each of his missions, with appropriate costumes from his parents' trunks, and encounters the requisite eclectic characters, all well-drawn by Voigt. Max has a good heart and a sharp mind, with enough self-doubt to be credible, and his adventures, while not deeply suspenseful, build in complexity and develop Max's maturity; Voigt's accomplished writing draws readers into every aspect of his world. A double-edged ending solves one big mystery while setting the stage for a new one. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “An endearing, memorable protagonist and a clever plot make this a winner.”
"Review" by , "The charm, the quirkiness, the quiet originality of The Book of Lost Things are immensely appealing to those of us who love the classic possibilities and styles of children's literature."
"Review" by , "Max displays good sense, a sensitive nature, and winning ingenuity...[a] comedic page-turner."
"Review" by , "A perfect read-aloud, the story will appeal to fans of fantasy, adventure, mystery, and humor."
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