Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook Volume 7

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The seventh volume in this award-winning graphic novel series features ten mystery comics and two never-before-published short stories by former OWL magazine editor, Craig Battle.

Each solve-it-yourself story stars amateur detective Max Finder and his best friend, aspiring journalist Alison Santos. Seventh graders at Central Meadows Junior High, these two intrepid investigators must call upon their reason, memory, critical thinking, and observation skills to crack each case ...

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Overview

The seventh volume in this award-winning graphic novel series features ten mystery comics and two never-before-published short stories by former OWL magazine editor, Craig Battle.

Each solve-it-yourself story stars amateur detective Max Finder and his best friend, aspiring journalist Alison Santos. Seventh graders at Central Meadows Junior High, these two intrepid investigators must call upon their reason, memory, critical thinking, and observation skills to crack each case before them. Who stole the school mascot? Why did someone trash Ursula's guitar amp? And who sabotaged the girls’ relay team? Readers can decipher the clues for themselves and draw their own conclusions — before the true culprit is revealed.

Bonus content unique to this volume includes a social media style introduction to all the recurring characters as well as kid-friendly forensics techniques outlined by Max and Alison’s forensics expert sidekick, Zoe Palgrave.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As a modern-day Sherlock Holmes in junior high, Max Finder runs through the pages solving short but interesting mysteries and encouraging readers to help him. While the fourth book in the series, it's easy for new readers to dive right in thanks to character explanations in the beginning. There are 13 mystery tales in all, three of which are short stories; the rest are in comic book form. Each story has a central mystery—like “Who stole the museum's painting?” “Who cheated at chess?” “Who planted the stink bomb?”—that gets solved on the last page, right after Max asks the readers if they've figured it out. On the last page of each story the perpetrator is named, along with how and why he or she committed the crime. Clues are laid out for the sharp eye and clever reader in everything from dialogue to art details in the background, which the clean, inviting art by Perez makes a pleasure to search for. This series is aimed for children and up, so in general younger readers might sift for clues while adults find them with much more ease. These stories previously ran in Owl magazine. Ages 8–up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Brandon West
Are you up for another fun romp into the world of gumshoes, red herrings and whodunits? This graphic novel collection contains ten, four page episodic comics featuring middle school sleuth Max Finder and his group of detective friends, who solve mysteries that plague their community, such as a knowledge bowl cheating scandal and unveiling the identity of a masked caper. The "Max Finder" series is unique for the fact that it invites the reader to figure out the mystery based on a number of contextual and visual clues sprinkled throughout the colorful comic panels. Of course answers are available, but figuring out the mystery instills a sense of accomplishment. Supplementing the comics are a couple of short stories and forensics tips that will quench the thirst of any budding detectives in grades 3 to 7. There are also a few teaching tips that can be useful when lesson planning. Overall, this title is a worthwhile find for a growing graphic novel collection. Reviewer: Brandon West
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781926973661
  • Publisher: Owlkids Books
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Series: Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook , #7
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Battle was the editor of OWL magazine from 2006 to 2012. He now works as an editor at Sportsnet magazine. He has worked as a reporter, camp counselor, and basketball coach, and now adds children's author to his resume. Originally from Lantzville, BC, he lives in Toronto.

Ramón Pérez has illustrated for Marvel, DC Comics, and OWL magazine. He lives in Toronto.

Liam O'Donnell is an award-winning author and elementary school teacher. He lives in Toronto.

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