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Max & Maddy and the Bursting Balloons Mystery (Max & Maddy)

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Max and Maddy Twist have a flair for solving crimes. You might even say it's in their blood. That's because their parents once ran a thriving detective agency—until the notorious Professor Claude Sardine shut them down. But now Max and Maddy are ready to pick up where their parents left off.

When an eccentric balloonist enlists their help in finding out who is sabotaging a
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published December 12th 1997)
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I was delighted to expand my knowledge of this author by reading a book in this children’s series. I have been delighted with the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, also, written by this author. A fun adventure with our two young detectives involving air balloons. The author’s expert character development made this a great read.

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Max and Maddy solve mysteries, it's something that they learned from their parents. In this adventure Mr. Hellium needs help finding out who is trying to stop his ballooning race. They travel across the country to solve the case.

Why I started it: I have enjoyed Smith's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and I wanted to read his children's books.

Why I finished it: This books is for middle elementary school students and was a breeze to read through. Simple and direct, it was a little amazin
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: children who enjoy mysteries
This is the second book in the Max & Maddy series by Alexander McCall Smith. There are only two books in the series, so I'm guessing this series just didn't take off. I can kinda see why.

The story is very odd and implausible and despite the action and drama, the plot falls flat. The book begins ater the first story and still alludes to the conflict and history that precedes this tale, but with very little details. That story begs to be told, but from what I can tell, it's not going to be.

Dec 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers who like to laugh with their kids.
This is the 2nd book in the Max and Maddy Mystery series by Alexander McCall-Smith. My kids and I found it to be appropriately suspenseful and laugh-out-loud funny. It is refreshing to find a modern book for children that is well written. I sure hope the author has plans for continuing the series.

Max and Maddy are employed to find out who is sabotaging a cross-country hot air balloon race with a million dollar purse. Might it be their arch-enemy, Professor Claude Sardine, the melodrama-esque vil
Bilal Berat
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chn-mystery
Part of the Max & Maddy series for beginning chapter book readers and mystery fans. The short chapters, accompanied by illustrations, will appeal to developing readers who are yet gaining confidence and stamina in reading chapter books. (What bothered me though - and this is most probably a pet peeve of mine - is the reference to "Africa" as if it was a country, when the balloonist in the story is mentioned as having traveled from "China to Africa".)
Jun 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children 1st-2nd grade
Shelves: children
Where have I been! I never realized how prolific Alexander McCall Smith is(author of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, among many other things!). The Max and Maddy mystery adventures are delightful. You might want to check these out for Sophie, Kellie. They are great first chapterbooks. I only wish I'd discovered them in the days when Christian was reading the Magic Treehouse. The audio version with McCall Smith narrating is just delightful. I'm going to get these for my nieces.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really quite dull. Though narrated by the author in his delicious British accent, it was so undelightful and uninspired I was fighting to stay awake and keep the car on the road (it put all 3 of my kids to sleep too- I mean they literally slept through the entire book starting from chapter one- so if you're looking for a sleeping aid, give this a whirl).
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 of a new Alexander McCall series appropriate for a 2nd grade chapter book although some of the language might be more appropriate for late 2nd grade reading. Max and Maddy are sibling detectives who are pitted against that archvillain, Professor Claude Sardine. Interesting plot and some funny moments.
Heather Richard
One of the better early chapter books we've read lately - we listened to it, actually, and the audio book was quite good. This age reader is a new world for me, so I don't have much to compare it to, yet...
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Please get more Max & Maddie mysteries. What is an impostor?
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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what ...more
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