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Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things: Mister Max 1 (Mister Max #1)

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"When Max's parents leave the country without him, he must rely on his wits to get by, and before long he is running his own--rather unusual--business"--
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Yearling (first published September 10th 2013)
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Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
If you grew up in the eighties and nineties, you probably came across a Cynthia Voigt book or five in your school library. I even remember having Homecoming read to me in sixth grade - a book about the astonishing Tillerman family, four kids (the oldest one was just eleven), who, after being abandoned in a parking lot, have to figure out a way to stay together and fend for themselves with nowhere to go and nothing to eat.

At the time, I was amazed by how Voigt could make such a crazy situation so...more

Maximilian Sterling is the son of two actors, which comes in handy when his parents disappear. He dons a variety of disguises to keep strangers out of his house and earn enough money to survive. After some unsuccessful ventures, he begins to gain a reputation as a detective, although Max doesn't feel like a detective.

I liked the way the various mysteries withing MISTER MAX wove together. Several of the solutions will be obvious to an older reader, but I would've loved seeing everything fall toge...more
ARC via NetGalley

12-year-old Max has lost his parents to suspicious and unusual circumstances. It's a terrible plight for a boy of 12, but Max remains so consistently unappealing and his parents (in their brief appearance at the start of the novel) remain so self-absorbed and unlikeable that it's hard to care much about where Max's parents have disappeared to or Max's well-being in the interim. Max is primarily concerned with maintaining his independence following his abandonment, a need that Vo...more
Medeia Sharif
Max’s parents are actors. When the Maharajah of Kashmir invites them to India to create a theater company, they feel honored. The Maharajah hasn’t invited Max, but his parents intend to take him to India with them. On the day of their planned departure, Max is ready to meet his parents at the waterfront, but they’re nowhere to be found. Also, there was no boat by the name of Flower of Kashmir docked there. His parents have disappeared.

With his parents gone, Max has his grandmother, but she insis...more
Ah, Mister Max. What an intriguing young fellow he was. I have to tell you that, although most will list this as Middle Grade, I think it bridges the gap. It's true that our hero is a mere twelve years old. However he's wise well beyond his years and, I won't lie, his personality is infectious. Max Starling is one of those characters who is going to cause a lot of readers to smile, no matter what their age.

I'm sure you're wondering why, if I loved Max so very much, I rated this book as I did. Le...more
Tamara Richman
I'm a terrible person. Really awful. I got this ARC and the first thing I read on the cover was, "Cynthia Voight, Newbery Medalist and... I didn't want to read it. Because while I may recognize the literary merit of most Newbery winners they are all such well, for lack of a better phrase, teacher books. Everyone of them teaches a lesson about kindness, humility, blah, blah, blah. But this is not a review about the Newbery books and their relative merit. This is a review about what an awful, judg...more
Shannon L. Gonzalez
Mister Max The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt

A glance behind the theatre curtain into the entertainer' s lives.

This middle grade book is a charming story following 12 year old Max as he embarks on adulthood responsibilities. Raised by theatre production parents, he is quite inventive at problem solving. It is a delightful beginning of a series. Creativity abounds through out the story and has at its core that 12 year olds can think for themselves when trouble ensues.

Entertaining for both...more
Max and his parents are part of the Starling Theatrical Company. Max's father receives a letter. It is from the Maharajah in India. He wants the Starling Theatrical Company to help put together a theatrical group for him. He has sent ship tickets. Max makes a plan to meet his parents before the ship sets sail. When Max arrives, he learns that there is no Maharajah and his parents have disappeared, It is up to Max to find them.

I picked up this book with the intent of giving it to my nephews to r...more
Gina (My Precious Blog)
Initial Thoughts: When I read Middle Grade fiction, I'm constantly searching for stories which can be enjoyed by the young and old alike. I like a complex plot, rich writing and character depth. In many ways Mister Max didn't disappoint. Cynthia Voigt is no stranger to good writing, with her latest release, Mister Max the Book of Lost Things she continues to pen beautifully detailed prose. Max is an endearing character. He's resourceful, admirable and very thoughtful. When faced with adversity,...more
Twelve years old Max Starling is in quite a pickle. His parents, professional theatre actors, have mysteriously disappeared under the guise of being lured to Bombay, India to open a new theatre. The problem is: the boat that they were to set sail on doesn’t exist. No wonder Max missed the boat! Fortunately, Max isn’t left entirely on his own as he has his Grammie who lives right next door to him. But times are tough, and Grammie can’t support herself and Max too. So Max does what any independent...more
I don't read a lot of middle grade fiction, and can probably count on one hand the number of titles that I've read and reviewed on this blog; however, when I saw an e-mail from Netgalley about this title, I just KNEW that I had to read it. I absolutely adored Cynthia Voigt's Homecoming series when I was younger and I remember reading Dicey's adventures several times over.

Max's theatrical parents receive a mysterious invitation to India and then disappear on the date of their departure. Max is le...more
Thanks to netgalley.com and Random House Children's for allowing me access to this title.

I have always loved Cynthia Voight ever since I read the Tillman Cycle when I was young. Her wonderful writing and storytelling continues here.

I loved the world building and the characters were fantastic. Overall, I thought this was a great book. My only issue was that I didn't see a 12 year-old being able to pull of the character changes that Max does. There are few boys his age that would be able to look o...more
I'm not too sure about this WAW possibility -- it is the first in the series and could stand alone, but the main mystery of what happened to Max's parents continues into the next book. There's even a sneak peek into the next book at the end of this one. This first mystery is historical fiction from the early 1900's and starts with a family of actors being asked to come to India to perform and train a theater company to stay and entertain the maharajah. They agree but when the son Max goes to joi...more
I have to start out saying that the packaging for this book (even as an ARC) is adorable! I haven't seen something that made me both excited to open and want to keep wrapped up tight and placed on display. It's very cute!

Max has grown up on stage. Along with his acting parents, he has been in theatrical performances for as long as he can remember. When his parents are given the opportunity to travel to India, he is packed up and ready to head out. Unfortunately, the boat doesn't actually...more
Max's parents were entertainers. William and Mary Starling owned the town's only theater where they produced, adapted, acted, and managed the entertainment for their busy bustling port town in an age before television and radio were invented. They lived, breathed and dreamed of performing. They even took their show on the road from time to time. That is why they didn't bat an eyelash when a courier brought to their door an invitation to perform for an important political figure across the sea. O...more
DelAnne Frazee
Title: Mister Max - The Book Of Lost Things - Mister Max Book 1
Author: Cynthia Voigt
Illustrator: Iacopo Bruno
Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers
Published: 9-10-2013
E-Book ASIN: B00VJG24M
Pages: 402
Genre: Children's Fiction
Tags: Mystery, Drama, Suspense
Overall Rating: Very Good

Mister Max: The Book Of Lost Things is set in the Victorian Era. Max Starling is nearly thirteen and grew up around the theater. As the son of two acting parents. He has even performed small parts in different pla...more
Max is the only son, age 12, of a pair of actors and has grown up in the theater. His parents receive an invitation to travel to India (I think) and all three are going. Except that Max gets delayed. His parents go off and aren't heard from again, except indirectly. Max is fighting feelings of abandonment and worry about his parents and oh, by the way, how is he going to support himself since his grandmother really can't afford to do so? This is the start of a series and I hope we see a lot more...more
Fun mystery for middle school kids. When 12 year old Max Sterling's parents leave their theatrical company to go to India, they are supposed to take Max with them. But, when they disappear without him and the boat that they were supposed to go on does not exist, Max and his grandmother know something is very wrong. Max decides to live in his parent's house, which is next to his grandmother's house, and get a job and live independently while they try to find out what happened to his parents. Usin...more
Young Max starling has grown up with his theatrical parents- the larger than life Owners and Stars of Starling Theatrical Company and Theater. They are charismatic and fascinating to Max. He is a strapping 12 year old who is raised to be an independent soul- His father says, "After 12 years a boys parents have done all they can. He's ready to be independent!" To this reader the comment seems a bit self-serving and it seems Max would like a bit more parenting and a bit less independence, still he...more
3 1/2 stars for me

I used to read kids books all the time, that is when my boys were little. Now every once in a while I will pick one up. This book was offered by Netgalley and I grabbed it.

The thing that got me started on middle grade books was reading to the kids. I used to always buy them a book for birthdays and Christmas. Now I have the fun job of doing that with the grand kids. Joseph is my 9 year old and with him in mind I read this book.

There is alot about this book that I really enjoye...more
Jenn Estepp
3 1/2 maybe; I liked Max and his adventures. I liked some of the supporting characters. There were plot points that annoyed Adult Me, which I suspect wouldn't have bothered Kid Me. I kind of wanted to strangle his parents. I don't like it when it feels like books are pandering to librarians. But, there's a really endearing quality to this, so.
When I first started this book I had a certain type of story in mind, and I can't say this book turned out to be what I expected, but I think that's why I liked it so much.

At first the character of Max seemed weak at best, but as it went on Max's subtle quiet personality unfolded even as the plot did. Not getting his personality at first wasn't due to lack of skill on the writer's part, but rather was realistic. Max's subtle though beautiful character was eclipsed by his parents overbearing nat...more
Jeffrey Mohr
This is not only a great mystery/detective story it also brings in a good bit of social commentary about the Victorian era. Not only is the setting well established the reader is quickly engaged and their attention grasped from beginning to end. I found the fact that the character was just a hero going about doing good deeds but had to actively deal with problems like taking care of himself and keeping a budget. Often times these parts of a story aren't mentioned but having students read a book...more
"Max Starling'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 Starling'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...more
Here we have a clever tale of learning to be independent that is not entirely different than her "Homecoming" series, in which children without parents develop survival skills.
I love how Voigt wove in a series of smaller mysteries into the larger story - they all are satisfying in their own rights, and also have an important part of the larger story. Each character is introduced gradually, so it's easy to follow them all.
I was very enthusiastic about this book until the last three pages. It jus...more
Erin Sterling
I wasn't sure about this book at first, but ended up really enjoying it--very different from Cynthia Voigt's other books (if you remember Dicey's song, etc. which was one of my favorite books when I was in middle school). Max is the son of theater parents who get the opportunity of a lifetime and travel to another country to start a theater company. Max is supposed to travel with them but when he goes to meet them at the ship docks, the ship was never registered and they are nowhere to be found....more
When I read this, it was not at all what I suspected. All through this book I would be thinking "Duh, of course Ari is the great grandson." or "The fortune is in the Adorable Arabella, can't you see that!?" And not to aggravate anyone, but shouldn't Max BE LOOKING FOR HIS PARENTS?! I mean, there's going to be loooong stretches where he just isn't going to get work, and "Grammie" can't REALLY afford him! Sure, he's got the f...more
Max is the son of two successful actors who are invited to start a theatrical troupe in India. On the day of their ship’s departure, Max plans to meet his parents at the dock. When he gets there, he discovers that their ship, the Flower of Kashmir, does not exist, and his parents have disappeared.

Max and his grandmother set about trying to track down Max’s missing parents, and Max starts looking for a job, since he know his grandmother cannot afford to support him on her own.

Max stumbles upon a...more
I loved Cynthia Voigt's Homecoming [and hope to go back and read the rest of the series to catch up to the latest one!] and so I looked forward to finding out who this Mister Max is. The Book of Lost Things is the beginning to a neat whodunit trilogy with interesting characters and puzzling points of action. I'll admit it did get a little slow through the middle, but I enjoyed the random happenstances Max found himself in. And I admire his teacher-librarian-smart-as-a-whip Grammie. :)

I actually...more
I admire the skill of author Cynthia Voigt, so looked forward to this new series for middle school mystery readers. The plot is well laid out and easy to follow as far as the clues are evident. Max's parents, both actors, embark on an adventure to foreign lands, while their son is inadvertently left behind. Thus the mystery begins - how will 12-year-old Max cope with the help of his librarian grandmother? Looking for a trade to remain financially independent, he falls into the detective trade, f...more
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Cynthia Voigt is an American author of books for young adults dealing with various topics such as adventure, mystery, racism and child abuse.

Angus and Sadie: the Sequoyah Book Award (given by readers in Oklahoma), 2008
The Katahdin Award, for lifetime achievement, 2003
The Anne V. Zarrow Award, for lifetime achievement, 2003
The Margaret Edwards Award, for a body of work, 1995
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