Synopses & Reviews
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 . . .
From the Hardcover edition.
"In this first book in a new trilogy set in the early 1900s from Newbery Medalist Voigt, 12-year-old Max is left behind when his parents head to India to establish a theatrical troupe. But Max is unsure of whether his parents intended to leave him behind and wonders whether they were actually kidnapped, so he sets out to solve the mystery. Narrator Boehmer's performance in this audio edition is spirited and inspired. His prim, proper tone echoes the book's setting, and his characterizations are layered, unique, and appropriate. As Max, Boehmer is wide-eyed and green, but also filled with gusto. A fun and memorable listen. Ages 8 12. A Knopf hardcover. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.