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The Book of Kings

(Mister Max #3)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  314 ratings  ·  70 reviews
In Act III of Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt’s Mister Max trilogy, the solutioneer sets off to rescue his missing parents!
Ever since Max’s parents were spirited away on a mysterious ship, he has longed to find them.
He’s solved case after case for other people in his business as “solutioneer.” And he’s puzzled out the coded messages sent by his father. He doesn’t know
ebook, 352 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-ya
I thought this was just a superb book! It's a little more intellectual than the first two, but really lets Max's personality come through and develop as he takes on a much more adult job. As an anthropologist I was particularly impressed with some of his reflections on performance and real-life -- without being at all obviously didactic it conveys some very sophisticated and subtle understandings. As with many good books for young people, the kids are more interesting than the adults, and I'd lo ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg, fantasy, adventure
I have not read the first two books in this series, however, this one can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. I don't read a lot of MG, but this one was fun, and it has a little something for every one to enjoy: fantasy, adventure, and mystery. There are also pictures which add to the enjoyment of reading.

Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book and I wish there was a fourth. I thought it was different and unique.
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
**Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book for review consideration!**

The Book of Kings was a wonderful end to the Mister Max trilogy! Though I'm sad to see all the characters go, I'm glad that it ended the way that it did. It was quite a wonderful middle grade series, and Max was such a great character.

In book three, Max has finally found out where his parents are, so he devises a plan to go and get his parents back. I absolutely loved how his grandmother was involv
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved the adventure, the build up to the rescuing. But, honestly, because the parents were away most of the other books (all of the second) you forget how annoying the father is, and I feel so bad for Max! You love them, but your parents are also imperfect with (sometimes) annoying traits. But the ending..... She should totally pick up this book three years later with Max becoming a (view spoiler).
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really don’t know how this series has given me such joy when reading, but it has. Again, this book seems like a simple book, one for younger readers, and I guess if you read it without expecting much, that’s the case. But I found so much more depth while reading it and it was amazing.

I had so many emotions throughout this book and at one point I wondered how on earth the author actually managed to create the experience like she did - I don’t know how to explain it, there’s just something about
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
EEEEEE!!! just finished this book.
The series is intelligent and well paced, and one I'm always excited for. I was finally able to get my hands on a copy, after an exaggerated wait, and I was not disappointed!

I don't know if there will be another, but the possibility has me over the moon!
I would love to urge the author into continuing the series, in any way, shape or form, but I'm also happy with the way things ended. I want to know how his relationships develop and what kind of future is waiti
Jessica F
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
A pretty satisfying conclusion. The twist at the beginning regarding Max's parents really set the stage well and made the rest of the plot more plausible. It was refreshing to finally see some action after all that filler in the second novel!

I'm not sure how middle graders would find this series. It's quite slow moving and I don't think the average middle grader has enough background knowledge to appreciate all the references to Shakespeare's works. It's a decent middle grade mystery, but not on
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
This book gets a lower rating than the others for one reason - I was confused most of the book. Maybe it's because I was reading too fast, or maybe it's because I stayed up until the wee hours trying to finish the book. What can I say, I was excited to find out how everything would turn out! but I just couldn't quite follow all of the twists and turns the story took. However, it still had all of the magic, imagination, and humour of the other Max books, and was good enough that I want another in ...more
Hannah Belyea
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Max Starling and his friends may just have a plan for rescuing his parents from their bizarre mission as the King and Queen of a country - but when they arrive and find tensions growing, will everything Max has learned from his time solutioning be enough to get everybody out safe? Voigt gives readers a fun and complex adventure that wraps up this trilogy with plenty of twists along the way. In a world beyond the laws he grew up with, Mister Max will have to think on his feet like never before!
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun trilogy! Max is definitely way too sensitive, mature, smart and talented of an actor to be a twelve year old boy, but if you can overlook that detail you're in for a captivating adventure! I really like the dialog, the characters, and the compassion and wisdom of the main characters.
K Grant
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found myself skipping descriptions, and again was annoyed at the abrupt changes of points of views. Still, the soltioneer does good work. He finds ways to see a bigger picture, and more than one way to solve the problems before him.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The third book in this series. Great story for the juvenile reader and the adult reader who likes a little adventure and a light read.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this whole series. Great tone, love Max and how 100% of people buy that he is a grown up.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: slmta
I am glad I read all three books.
The ending was the best, but the reader would not understand it, if they had not waded through the other two.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
A dissappointing ending to an otherwise delightful series. There was more book than there was plot.
Ryan Lingsweiler
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars for this book, 4 for the series as a whole.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a good series. This is the last of the Mister Max series. The mystery of what his parents are doing in Andesia is solved. Max is a fine Solutioneer.
Yay, I finally finished this series. It was decent, but after 2.5 volumes, the end felt hasty and confusing and unsatisfying.
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this series. When my son is older I plan to read it again with him. It is fun to see how the Max solves the problems that he finds himself in and he takes upon himself.
Tia Garrigues
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightfully surprising conclusion to one major facet of the series, though I hope this isn't the last we see of Mister Max!
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, ya
I quite liked the first two books. They were charming, but this one was unsatisfying. The rescue plot required too much suspension of disbelief.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a great plot, but sometimes got a little confusing, but I love a challenging read.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-juv
The final book in the Mister Max series (?) certainly leaves room for a spinoff which is great for his fans.
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this series and hoping for more to come about the Solutioneer!!!
Kellie Mecham
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this series. It was a really fun read!
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys YA fiction; those who have read the previous Mister Max books
Recommended to Ekta by: previous books in the series
By Ekta R. Garg

September 16, 2015

Genre: Middle grade fiction

Rated: Bookmark it!

A young teen finally manages to solve the mystery of his parents’ disappearance, only to find that mystery hiding another one. As he embarks on one of the greatest adventures of his life, his plucky grandmother and several friends will accompany him halfway across the world to rescue his mother and father. Young adult author Cynthia Voigt brings readers the conclusion to her delightful Mister Max series in the commend
Madeleine (Top Shelf Text)
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Review of all three books in this series on

In The Book of Kings, the third (and final) installment of the Mister Max trilogy, Max sets off to find his parents. Max is uniquely gifted in crafting situations so that the people involved feel as though they've arrived at realizations and decisions all on their own, when really he has been carefully and strategically putting the puzzle pieces into place. In The Book of Kings, which will make its debut on September 8th,
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fic
Mister Max is an interesting series. He's very good at thinking on his feet and, when the occasion calls for it, playacting. His parents left on what was supposed to be a fairly simple trip in the first book and then ... disappeared. Max figures out what happened to them (as a "Solutioneer" he solves problems every day!) and in this book three finally goes to their rescue.

The story is an action packed adventure. The settings make for fabulous "mental movies." I'm ... not sure I loved the explana
Jeana Laurie
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
-Possible minor spoilers below-

Without doubt this will go down as one of my favorite book series of all time. The writing was nothing short of exceptional and was frankly beautiful to read.

My only real complaint is the fact that for most of the third book you are away from some of the characters you've come to know and love. And unlike any other book I even mourned leaving behind the world you'd come to know in Max's home city. When I read the chapter where his ship sails away I was completely
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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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