Monday, November 3, 2014

Bibliophile's Corner

Mister Max -
The Book of Secrets
by Cynthia Voigt

Flap Copy Description:
Who is setting fires in the old city?
Who is smashing store windows? And breaking down doors? And overturning carts?
Why won't the shopkeepers talk to the police?
What's the big secret?
These are the questions the Mayor of Queensbridge puts to Mister Max, Solutioneer.

Max understands that where there are secrets, there's usually trouble. He's keeping quite a few secrets himself. (Like the fact that he's really a twelve-year-old detective in disguise. And that his parents are still missing.)
The Mayor's problem will be the most dangerous one Max has taken on so far, but Max thinks he can find a solution. The trick will be to catch the vandals before they catch him...

My Thoughts:
This is the second book in Cynthia Voigt's middle grade trilogy about Max Starling. Ms. Voigt is an Newbery Medalist and her talent as a master storyteller is once again on display in this entertaining and well-written novel. While the first book - Mister Max ~ The Book of Lost Things - dealt with the protagonist's struggle to survive after the disappearance of his parents, in the sequel we see Max come into his own as a young detective. I would highly recommend Mister Max ~ The Book of Secrets to readers from the ages of eight to twelve.

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  1. Ah, this sounds like an interesting read. I'm a Cynthia Voight fan. From the cover, it looks as if this is set in an earlier time.

    1. Yes, it's set in the nineteenth century. Have a great week, Elizabeth!