Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Ghost and Max Monroe Case #1: The Magic Box by L. M. Falcone

Max is hanging out in his grandfather's backyard, snooping around for something to do.  He's amazed to see an old detective agency back there.  When he goes in and starts looking around, he's in for another surprise.  His great uncle's ghost is there!

Kids Can  Press and Net Galley allowed to read this book for review (thank you).  It was published the first of September, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

This is a great book for children who are reluctant readers.  The sentences are short and simple, the graphics are fun to look at, and with a ghost and mystery it's busy.

Max wants to be a detective.  He's a little young for it but he wants to practice now.  He gets his chance when a birthday party he attends loses the main attraction.  They were playing a party game and the birthday girl has disappeared.  Where could she be?  Did someone kidnap her?

Max and his great uncle go through the information available and look for clues.  Everyone is panicking because they have to find her before her mother comes home.  It's an odd plot, but it sounds like something kids would do.

As you follow Max and Larry on their quest it will make you think about what you know and look for your own clues.  Since this is Max's first case, I bet there will be more to this series.  Max and Larry are fun, I'd like to read more about them in the future.  How about you?

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