Max is a twelve year old boy who's parents have disappeared. He is left to stay with his Grammie and neither know what to make of the situation. Max's parents are actors and prone to going on trips and adventures, but not without Max. This is a whole new adventure for Max. Along the way he makes some friends and figures out how to make enough money for himself to live.
I thought Max was a good character. Children would be able to relate to his wanting independence but not being old enough for it. He is the son of actors but claims he isn't very good at acting. Throughout the story though he takes on many different roles of characters his parents have portrayed on stage. He is good enough at his acting that he fools other people into thinking he is older than he really is. I don't think Max gives himself enough credit in his acting abilities. As he tries to find out what happened to his parents, he realizes he is good at solving problems. This is how he makes money to live on without having to get a regular job.
I liked Pia. She is a sassy, chatterbox girl around Max's age. She meets Max while he is on one of his assignments. She sticks to him doesn't let him shake her even though he insists he doesn't need help. She chatters and asks questions which give Max ideas on how to solve his problems. Pia is a fun character who livens up the story.
Cynthia Voigt does a good job of interweaving all the problems Max is solving together. Jobs that have nothing to do with each other are easily intertwined and the reader is able to follow how they connect. Some were easily picked out how they would fit into the story and others have a nice surprise ending. It was enough mystery to keep you wanting to read more.
I received this arc via NetGalley and thought it would be an interesting read. I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't overwhelmed with it either. I liked the story and am interested enough in the story to read the upcoming second book in this three book series to find out what happens to Max's parents.
Overall, I gave this book a 3.5 stars. I liked it and want to read the next in the series to find out where the cliffhanger leads to next. But I felt there were some elements of the story that were predictable or flat. As a main character, Max fell short for me. There were other characters I thought were more interesting and I wanted to know more about. I did wonder throughout the story why the adults treated Max as if he was an adult. The most interesting thing about him, which is overly stated throughout the story, is his eyes. From what I have gathered they are a shade of unusual gray. I wanted some more from him since he was the main character. The story has an old fashioned feel that will bring you back to an earlier era when things were simpler, yet things aren't simple for Max.
I feel that what I liked about the book edged out what I didn't care for in the book to bring me back to read the second book when it comes out and recommend it to readers. I do want to know what happens next in finding Max's parents. There was a good cliffhanger at the end that will leave the reader wanting to know what comes next. I am hoping that some of my favorite characters will make more appearances in the second and third book. Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things just arrived on the shelves today, September 10, 2013. I am guessing, as it goes with most books, the second in the series will be coming out within the next year or so, but don't let that deter you. This is an easy, fast read that gives the reader a chance to use their skills of deduction of how Max will solve problems and leave you guessing what happened to his parents....more
The twist at the end was not what I was expecting. At All. I thought I was figuring it out along the way and then my theories were thrown out the windThe twist at the end was not what I was expecting. At All. I thought I was figuring it out along the way and then my theories were thrown out the window with a couple twists I didn't see coming. Enjoyable read....more
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