Friday, October 31, 2014

Mister Max: The Book of Secrets: Mister Max 2 by Cynthia Voigt, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrated by)

This is the second book in the Mister Max series and it's just as good as the first one was.  If your middle grader hasn't met Max yet, now's the time to introduce them.

Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book (thank you).  You can grab it at your local bookstore now.  Be sure to grab the first one, too.  They make good reading.

Max is still being a Solutioneer.  He's also trying to figure out what a letter from his missing father means.  Max's parents were actor and actress, so he's familiar with dressing up in costume.  That's a good thing because the Mayor wants to meet with him.  He has an assignment he wants Mister Max to take on.  There are vandals in the city and he wants them found and stopped.

No one will talk to Max or any of the other people who work with him.  They won't admit they've been vandalized and they certainly won't talk about the vandals.  It's hard to locate them, but Max does.  And when he does, he's in worse trouble than ever before.

When he's trapped in a bathroom overnight, he has plenty of time to think about his father's letter.  He finally thinks he may have broken the code and got the real message.

As this case gets resolved, it appears that Max and his grandmother are going to be making a trip.  They're going to rescue his mom and dad.  You know it won't be that easy because Max is involved, but you also know it'll be a good story.  I'll be watching for the next book in this series.

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