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Locker Hero (The Misadventures of Max Crumbly Series #1)

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by Rachel Renée Russell
 

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A brand-new series from #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries author Rachel Renee Russell! Introducing Max Crumbly!

Max Crumbly is about to face the scariest place he’s ever been: South Ridge Middle School.

There’s a lot that’s great about his new school, but there’s also one big problem—Doug, the school bully whose

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A brand-new series from #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries author Rachel Renee Russell! Introducing Max Crumbly!

Max Crumbly is about to face the scariest place he’s ever been: South Ridge Middle School.

There’s a lot that’s great about his new school, but there’s also one big problem—Doug, the school bully whose hobby is stuffing Max in his locker.

If only Max could be like the hero in his favorite comics. Unfortunately, Max’s uncanny, almost superhuman ability to smell pizza from a block away won’t exactly save any lives or foil bad guys.

But that doesn’t mean Max won’t do his best to be the hero his school needs!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/30/2016
Russell returns to the journal-style format of her bestselling Dork Diaries series as she introduces a hapless, comics-loving boy named Max who recounts many of his woes while stuck inside his school locker. Featuring the same doll-like black-and-white cartooning style and lined-paper backgrounds of the Dork Diaries books, the story strikes an awkward balance between slice-of-life underdog problems and over-the-top plot developments, shifting into the latter after Max escapes his locker and attempts to live out his superhero fantasies by foiling thieves who have infiltrated the school. Unfortunately, the book's comedy is forced and often misses the mark, weighed down by tired catchphrases ("Don't get it twisted!"; "That was just wrong on so many levels!") and gross-out gags, such as when Max imagines peeing on school bully Doug "Thug" Thurston in a fight-or-flight response. Early on, Max cautions that those who don't like "comic book cliffhangers" may not want to continue, but that caveat may not prepare readers for just how unsatisfyingly and abruptly Russell concludes her story. Ages 9–13. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House. (June)
June 1, 2016 - Booklist
"This wacky middle-school misadventure will delight Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates fans, particularly with its humorous tone and illustrations. Russell’s new series boasts a memorable character in Max Crumbly, who is capable of rivaling Dork
Diaries’ Nikki Maxwell."
School Library Journal
07/01/2016
Gr 4–6—From the creator of the "Dork Diaries" comes a new series starring a lovable new hero. Max's transition from homeschooling to public school is rocky, especially since he has asthma and an irritable bladder triggered by social anxiety. His plight deepens when a stereotypical bully, Thug, harasses Max and locks him in his locker—twice. The first time, Max is freed by his crush, Erin, and the two forge a connection. The second time, Max is stuck after school for hours. When he finally manages to escape, he discovers hidden sections of the ill-maintained school building. He also finds inept criminals stealing the school computers. With Erin's help, he manages to save the day. The character development is light, and the style is conversational. Fans of Janet Tashjian's My Life as a Book will be drawn to the journal-style format and crisp, manga-inspired line drawings. Those who enjoyed the melodramatic middle school mayhem in Chris Rylander's The Fourth Stall or Varian Johnson's The Great Greene Heist will appreciate Max's chuckle-worthy adventures. VERDICT A solid purchase for middle school libraries where "The Dork Diaries" series is popular. Max's goofy, embarrassing exploits will make this a popular and high-circulating item in most collections.—Karen Yingling, Blendon Middle School, Westerville, OH
Kirkus Reviews
2016-05-04
This is Max Crumbly's first experience in public school, and so far he's vomited on bully Doug "Thug" Thurston, forfeited a race due to his insistent bladder, and been locked in his locker—but it's still better than home-schooling with Grandma.Humiliation's a bummer, but cute Erin Madison seems friendly, so the asthmatic, white eighth-grader perseveres. Max laboriously introduces his quirks (chiefly a preoccupation with bathroom functions, but he also likes comic books and rap), his supporting cast, and plot elements in an illustrated "journal" that's marked by many exclamation points and cross-outs. The latter can be baffling; readers will understand why Max seeks to conceal his crush on Erin from his putative audience (and himself), but why redact "I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and POOP better lyrics!"? Pacing is uneven: the action doesn't really get underway till about the two-thirds mark, when Thug locks Max up again, this time for a long weekend, and the would-be superhero discovers three inept burglars as he tries to escape—and then the story ends on a cliffhanger. Even given its conscious nod to comic books, the plotting is implausible and the prose often painfully artless ("That's when I excitedly came up with a brilliant plan!"), making its eighth-grade authorship all too convincing.This spinoff is heavy on the poop jokes and light on almost everything else—readers expecting a boy Dork Diaries with equal nuance may be surprised. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Formerly homeschooled by his grandmother (a retired kindergarten teacher), Max Crumbly is now attending public school for the first time in his life. Unfortunately, Max has a problem at South Ridge Middle School. His trouble is with Thug Thurston, the school bully, who locks Max in his own locker. As Max works on a way to break out of his locker, three burglars enter the school with the intent to steal the new, school computers from the lab. Max needs to find a way out of his locker and thwart the heist. The adventure is told in first person. Max reveals some of his history during his story. There are comical illustrations throughout the book. The text periodically uses large and extra large fonts as part of expressing Max’s feelings. In addition, readers will be able to see and read portions of text that Max crosses out/edits his story. The story includes some potty humor, like falling into the toilet when attempting an escape. This adventure is to be continued in the next “Misadventures of Max Crumbly” book. Russell is also the author of the “Dork Diaries” series. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung; Ages 8 to 12.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781481460019
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
06/07/2016
Series:
Misadventures of Max Crumbly Series , #1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1


  • If I had SUPERPOWERS, life in middle school wouldn’t be quite so CRUDDY.

    Hey, I’d NEVER miss the stupid bus again, because I’d just FLY to school! . . .

    AWESOME, right? That would pretty much make ME the COOLEST kid at my school!

    But I’ll let you in on a secret. Getting bombed by an angry bird is NOT cool. It’s just . . . NASTY!!

    TV, comic books, and movies make all this superhero stuff look SO easy. But it ISN’T! So don’t believe the HYPE.

    You CAN’T get superpowers by hanging out in a laboratory, mixing up colorful, glowing liquids that you simply DRINK. . . .

    ME, MIXING UP A YUMMY SUPERPOWER SMOOTHIE

    HOW do I know it doesn’t work? . . .

    “OOPS!”

    Let me put it this way. . . .

    Even if I DID have superpowers, the very first person I’d need to rescue is . . .

    MYSELF!

    WHY?

    Because a guy at school pulled a lousy PRANK on me.

    And, unfortunately, I might be DEAD by the time you read this!

    Yes, I said “DEAD.”

    Okay, I’ll admit that he didn’t MEAN to kill me.

    But still . . . !!

    So if you’re the type who gets FREAKED OUT over this kind of stuff (or comic book cliffhangers), you probably shouldn’t read my journal. . . .

    Um . . . excuse me, but are you STILL reading?!

    Okay, fine! Go right ahead.

    Just don’t say I didn’t warn you!

  • Meet the Author

    Rachel Renée Russell is an attorney who prefers writing tween books to legal briefs. (Mainly because books are a lot more fun and pajamas and bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court.) Rachel lives in Chantilly, Virginia.

    Rachel Renée Russell is an attorney who prefers writing tween books to legal briefs. (Mainly because books are a lot more fun and pajamas and bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court.) Rachel lives in Chantilly, Virginia.

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    Locker Hero (The Misadventures of Max Crumbly Series #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    OK, First off I just want to say I am the first one to write a comment. Second, I think that when it comes out that this will be a very great book. I know because the author is Rachel Russel and she is a very great author, and my favorite is Dork Diaries. If you read the very last Dork Diaries (Book #10 Tales From a Not So Perfect Pet Sitter) you would have met Max Crumbly. He is sweet, kindful, nice friend who sticks up for other people, he is loyal, and helps each other out. I think it would be cool to see Max Crumbly's world after Nikki Maxwell's and I wonder if Max Crumbly's book will be a diary too. If you read the overview you would see he is going to a diffrent middle school then Nikki because she goes to Westchester County Day . It might be because it might be a private school or there is just another school out there but thats fine, READ TO FIND OUT!! While Dork Diaries is for girls, The Misadventures Of Max Crumbly is for Boys. -SoccerGirl118 (Always there for reviews, books, secret clubs, anything with people and comments,etc.
    Anonymous 3 months ago
    Their are no such things as girl and boy books. Its actully books girls would most likely read and boys who would most likely read. Its even like girl and boy colors boys can like pink and purple it doesnt matter your gender. :)
    Anonymous 3 months ago
    This book is great. If you like dork diaries you will like this. Even if you are a girl and this is a boys version of dork diaries you should still read it. I am a girl. This is super funny. If you like dork diaries or diary of a wimpy kid I recommend this book for you.
    Anonymous 5 months ago
    This book is funny and adorable in many ways. Max is an amazing character and has a awesome imagination. This book is a good choice for both boys and girls. Can't wait for the second one.
    Anonymous 6 months ago
    Super funny great 4 preteens (ages 9-12)
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    "Stop"! It is annoying. -Olivia D.
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