Voigt, Cynthia. Ill. By Iacopo Bruno. Mister Max: The Book of Secrets. pgs. 356. Knopf Books, 2014. $16.99. Language: G, Mature Content: PG, Violence: PG
Determined to be the master of his own fate, Max uses his unique ability to find lost things to find his parents as well as help others along the way. At the behest of the mayor, he begins looking into a series of arson fires, vandalism, and smashed store windows that have been plaguing the neighborhoods. As he investigates and starts receiving mysterious letters from his parents however, he starts to feel like he’s over his head. With the help of some old friends, will he be able to solve the mayor’s mystery and find his parents? Are the incidences connected?
An interwoven story filled with mystery, adventure, and friendship. Although some parts of the story are implausible, the engaging characters and well-developed plot will easily draw readers into Max’s world. Fans of the first Mister Max or those who like fantasy, adventure, and mystery will enjoy reading this book. EL. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Jessica Moody, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High.