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Mika and Max

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  16 reviews
When 13-year-old Mika is forced to attend a music festival with her family, she resigns herself to hippies, heat, and embarrassment. But nothing could prepare her for Max, who’s almost 10 and has autism. When the two of them join forces, a series of unexpected and life changing events unfolds.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by Walker Books
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Brooklyn Tayla
Short, sharp and wholly powerful. "Mika and Max" tells the story of teenage girl, Mika, feeling lonely during a time that her parents thought they'd all be celebrating, enjoying the sights and sounds of a music festival. In fact, Mika feels isolated from her friends at school, often feeling left out from hearing on social media that they were having a blast of a time without her. It's never fun feeling left out or that one is being excluded from anything, so I instantly felt really hurt on Mika' ...more
Leila Brain
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mika is 13 and is still trying to find out who she is. Max is almost 10 and has autism. They meet when Mika is forced to come with her family to a musical festival, and they make a special bond. Mika doesn't know why she likes Max but she just does. Together they go on an adventure, and though it all Mika finds out what she wants to do and who she is. Overall it's a quick read but a good read. I would rate it 4 and 1/2 stars. ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A super quick and sweet read.
Julianne Negri
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Mika and Max by Laura Bloom is a precious little wonder of a book. It manages to tackle large themes while being a down to earth, character driven novel with a pacey plot. Written with empathy and brevity, the book delicately leads the reader through a tale of finding revelatory friendships that can change your world view.

Set at the Mullimbimby music festival, it begins as a fish out of water tale with a begrudging 13 year old Mika dragged away from her friends to a weekend of hippies and heat.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mika and Max was a good, quick read about a girl called Mika who when told about a music festival she has to go to, resorts to hippies and concerts. But when she meets Max, she realises something! (I didn't know what to put there so lucky you, I left you on a cliffhanger!) ...more
Wendy McAra
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The relationship between Mika and Max is a charming and credible vehicle for illustrating their unique qualities and idiosyncrasies. They come across as loveable, quirky characters and their tale has the potential to de-stigmatise their problems of teen anxiety and autism.
With courageous honesty, Laura Bloom presents a picture of the significant challenges and demands of raising a child who is non-verbal and on the autism spectrum. At the same time, the deep love and concern his parents feel fo
Lisa Brockwell
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mika and Max is a brilliant, funny and very moving book about navigating adolescence. What does it mean to belong and feel safe, but also feel true to oneself? This is a loving, warm and very wise portrait of two young people who discover friendship, connection and inspire each other. It’s a book that touches on so many themes that matter to young teens and tweens: anxiety, social pressure, autism, disability, difference, acceptance and learning to express our gifts out there in the world, while ...more
Kathleen Dixon
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathleen by: Miriam.
Shelves: middle-fiction
As a grandmother with an active role in the raising of my three gorgeous grandchildren, I found parts of this book terribly gripping. You need to give them an element of trust - you need to teach them responsibility and gauge the time correctly for when they are able to walk home alone, etc - but always you're worried that they're not quite ready yet . . .

Mika is a responsible girl, and her parents and Max's parents entrust her with Max. Max is autistic.

But I'll be letting spoilers escape if I
Isa Rive
Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it
A friendship blossoms between lonely anxiety ridden teen Mika and good looking only child Max (10y) when their families meet for a music festival. What’s unusual? Max has nonverbal autism and he is beautifully and authentically described. They are both strong willed and when they get stuck on a bus away from their overprotective adults, they decide its time for adventure. Some parts I found odd, like Mika’s piano teacher dropping her, why she worried about sharks but not crocs in a river and why ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Mike and Max" covers a lot - one of the main characters, Mika, is of an age where she feels a lot of pressure, both family and social pressures. The other main character, Max, is slightly younger and autistic and the two strike up a friendship. This was a quick book to read as I found myself wanting to keep reading to find out what happens. ...more
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Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Tweenage / Coming of Age novel. Awkward teen befriends younger family friend with Autism.
We are all on the spectrum ..... I really thought the main character, Mika, had as many autistic characteristics as Max - the 10 year old.
Reading this as an adult was a bit squirmy. So much awkwardness and bad decision making.
Good setting though ..... Mullumbimby’s hippie culture and music festival.
Chan Chan
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
boring... although i do acknowledge this isn't for readers my age

good story i guess
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book. Year 6/7. Body image discussion.
Kerryn Lawson
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book certainly packs a lot into the pages it has. I saw my own daughter in Mika and appreciated the journey that the author took her on. A wonderful story on many levels.
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