Monday, November 18, 2013

Bibliophile's Corner

Mister Max
The Book of Lost Things
by Cynthia Voigt

Amazon Description:
Max Sterling's theatrical father likes to say that at twelve a boy is independent. He also likes to boast (about his acting skills, his wife's acting skills, a fortune only his family knows is metaphorical), but more than anything he likes to have adventures. Max Sterling's equally theatrical mother is not a boaster but she enjoys a good adventure as much as her husband. When these two disappear, what can sort-of-theatrical Max and his not-at-all-theatrical grandmother do? They have to wait to find out something, anything, and to worry, and, in Max's case, to figure out how to earn a living at the same time as he maintains his independence. This is the first of three books, all featuring the mysterious Mister Max.

My Thoughts:
Mister Max - The Book of Lost Things is a richly-textured upper middle grade novel - the first book in Cynthia Voigt's Mister Max Series. The scrumptious settings and colorful cast of characters may only be outdone by the novel's entertaining and puzzling plot. The ingenious Max, and his annoying friend, Pia, make this upper middle grade novel a great read for both boys and girls. I would highly recommend Mister Max - The Book of Lost Things to readers from the ages of eight to fourteen, and I look forward to the second book in the series:
Mister Max - The Book of Secrets.

To learn more about Cynthia Voigt - a Newbery Medal winning author - click here: http://www.cynthiavoigt.com/

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review, Victoria. I love the sound of this series.

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    1. You're welcome, Valentina. I hope you have a fantastic week of writing!

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  2. You always find the best books, Victoria. Thanks for another great review, and another book I'm not going to be able to resist adding to my list.

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    1. You're welcome, Ruth. The writing style of Cynthia Voigt reminds me a bit of Laura Amy Schlitz, or even Charles Dickens.

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  3. This sounds like such an interesting book -- and series. I like Cynthia Voigt and I like anything to do with theater or mystery. So, this is definitely another for my TBR list. Thanks for a good review.

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    1. You're welcome, Elizabeth. There have been a great group of MG novels released this year - this is definitely one of them.

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